Le Havre – modernist heritage

I am a big fan of architectural styles like modernism and art nouveau.

So when a week ago I visited Normandy, Le Havre was a must-see destination.

Centre of Le Havre was absolutely destroyed during the Second World War. The city was rebuilt according to the plans of the architect Auguste Perret, one of the most important architects of modernism and “concrete poet”.

Le Havre did not disappoint me, it is really the desired point for all lovers of modern architecture.

Look what an interesting vantage point I found accidentally. This view of the city from Les Jardins Suspendus (link to map).


106-meter building of the church of St. Joseph (L’église St Joseph) rises above the town. The church is an architectural monument entirely made of concrete, steel and stained glass.


The church interior impresses even more than the exterior appearance.


The pearl of modern architecture made by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is also located among the finest examples of modernist architecture of Le Havre. This is the cultural center “Volcano”. It consists of two buildings, which are called “Big Volcano” and “Small volcano.”





UNESCO listed the city of Le Havre as a World Heritage Site.

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