Le Havre, France



The final port of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is Le Havre, the largest city in Normandy and largest French container port in France. 

It was established on the estuary of the River Seine by the king of King François I, who decided to establish a harbour and walled city there in 1517. The city built its prosperity on the activity of ship builders and traders during the nineteenth century, and the famous transatlantic cruise liners between Le Havre and New-York, which made Le Havre one of the most prosperous ports in Europe until the 1930’s.  

During the same era Le Havre was highly prized by impressionist painters such as Monet, whose collections can be admired at the Museum of Modern Art André Malraux.

Devastated during the Second World War, the city centre was reconstructed by the famous architect Auguste Perret known as a world leader and specialist in reinforced concrete construction. This noteworthy work has declared Le Havre as an UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

Over the 2017 summer season, Le Havre will celebrate its 500th anniversary. This major cultural event will infuse the city and its harbour with artworks in public areas, landscaping, prestigious exhibitions, festive gatherings, gastronomic delights and more.




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