World Heritage In Normandy (2022)

Normandy (in French, Normandie) is one of the eighteen administrative regions in France and also one of the most touristy, covering the departments of Calvados, Eure, La Manche, Orne, and Seine-Maritime. Its capital is the city of Rouen.

Normandy is a region with a very rich history and cultural heritage. In addition to dozens of military complexes, religious temples, historic towns, and stunning beaches, there are also four sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy that you can (and should) explore!

So, do you want to know more about the World Heritage In Normandy (2022)? Keep reading!

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World Heritage in Normandy
World Heritage in Normandy

World Heritage in France

Currently, there are 49 sites listed as World Heritage in France:

  1. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe (New Aquitaine Region)
  2. Amiens Cathedral (Upper France Region)
  3. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (Great East Region, Occitania Region, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  4. Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  5. Belfries of Belgium and France (Upper France Region)
  6. Bordeaux, Port of the Moon (New Aquitaine Region)
  7. Bourges Cathedral (Centre-Val de Loire Region)
  8. Canal du Midi (Occitania Region)
  9. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (Great East Region)
  10. Chaîne des Puys – Limagne fault tectonic arena (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region)
  11. Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (Great East Region)
  12. Chartres Cathedral (Centre-Val de Loire Region)
  13. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (Burgundy-Free County Region)
  14. Cordouan Lighthouse (New Aquitaine Region)
  15. Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region)
  16. Episcopal City of Albi (Occitania Region)
  17. Fortifications of Vauban (Brittany Region, Burgundy-Free County Region, Great East Region, New Aquitaine Region, Normandy Region, Occitania Region, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, and Upper France Region)
  18. French Austral Lands and Seas (Overseas Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
  19. From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt (Burgundy-Free County Region)
  20. Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve (Island and Region of Corsica)
  21. Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  22. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne (Occitania Region)
  23. Historic Site of Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region)
  24. Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (New Aquitaine Region)
  25. Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems (Dependent Territory of New Caledonia)
  26. Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret (Normandy Region)
  27. Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (Normandy Region)
  28. Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  29. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (Upper France Region)
  30. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau (Île-de-France Region)
  31. Palace and Park of Versailles (Île-de-France Region)
  32. Paris, Banks of the Seine (Île-de-France Region)
  33. Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island (Overseas Region of Réunion)
  34. Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d’Alliance in Nancy (Great East Region)
  35. Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (Occitania Region)
  36. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region and Burgundy-Free County Region)
  37. Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (New Aquitaine Region)
  38. Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs (Île-de-France Region)
  39. Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (Occitania Region)
  40. Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the “Triumphal Arch” of Orange (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  41. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region, Burgundy-Free County Region, Centre-Val de Loire Region, Great East Region, Île-de-France Region, New Aquitaine Region, Normandy Region, Occitania Region, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, and Upper France Region)
  42. Strasbourg, Grande-Île and Neustadt (Great East Region)
  43. Taputapuātea (Overseas Community of French Polynesia)
  44. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region, Burgundy-Free County Region, Great East Region, Île-de-France Region, New Aquitaine Region, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)
  45. The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region, Burgundy-Free County Region, New Aquitaine Region, Occitania Region)
  46. The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (Burgundy-Free County Region)
  47. The Great Spa Towns of Europe (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region)
  48. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (Centre-Val de Loire Region and Pays de la Loire Region)
  49. Vézelay, Church and Hill (Burgundy-Free County Region)

As you can see, seven of these forty-nine sites listed as World Heritage in France are part of more than one region or territory. The remaining forty-two are distributed as follows:

World Heritage in Normandy

1. Mont-Saint Michel and its Bay (1979)

The Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979, the first year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the four sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy, this is one of the two located in the town and commune of Le Mont-Saint-Michel, in the department of Manche.

Mont Saint-Michel is by far the most indescribable place I have ever visited in France. And although many people have already heard about this magical place in the Normandy region, the truth is that the international recognition of its historical and architectural value only came after its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

Read my complete guide to Mont Saint-Michel, one of the sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy!

2. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (1998)

The Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998, the twelfth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the four sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy, this is the only one located in ten different regions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alps, Burgundy-Free County, Centre-Val de Loire, Great East, Île-de-France, New Aquitaine, Normandy, Occitania, Provence-Alps-Azure Coast, and Upper France).

A curious detail is the fact that the only example of this multi-regional inscription that integrates Normandy is precisely Mont Saint-Michel. Therefore, I highly recommend reading my blog post “10 Fun & Interesting Facts About Mont Saint-Michel”, so you can find out more about this fascinating place!

Read my complete guide to Mont Saint-Michel, one of the sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy!

3. Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret (2005)

Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005, the sixteenth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the four sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy, this is the only one located in the town and commune of Le Havre, and in the department of Seine-Maritime.

Like so many other cities, Le Havre was completely razed to the ground during the Second World War. For this reason, its historic center was almost entirely rebuilt between 1945 and 1964 by the Atelier de Reconstruction du Havre d’Auguste Perret (a renowned French architect)!

4. Fortifications of Vauban (2008)

The Fortifications of Vauban were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2018, the eighteenth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the four sites listed as World Heritage in Normandy, this is the only one located in eight different regions (Brittany, Burgundy-Free County, Great East, New Aquitaine, Normandy, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Upper France).

Tower of La Hougue

The only examples of this multi-regional inscription that integrated Normandy are the Tower of La Hougue and the Tower of Tatihou. These two watchtowers are part of a fortified complex designed by French Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (one of the most important military architects of all time). Constructed in 1694, the Towers of La Hougue and Tatihou are 20 and 27 meters tall, respectively.

Map of the World Heritage in Normandy

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