In the Musée des Beaux-Arts many impressionist and modern paintings are on show. In the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, housed in the former church of St. Laurent, there is an impressive show of wrought iron. A commenorative tablet in mosaic on the Place du Vieux-Marché reminds the visitor that it was here that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431.
Dieppe is a small town on the coast with a regular ferry connection to Newhaven in England. The busy fishing port fascinates visitors and the church of St-Rémy has particularly rich decoration. From the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours there is a good view over the town and the coastline. A two kilometer long beach invites the tourist to spend a while to bathe in the waters of the English Channel. The small seaside resort of Fecamp is hemmed in by high and imposing cliffs but it is to the famous distillery of the liqueur Benedictine, made by the monks of the order, that many people come to Fecamp.
Honfleur is very well known for its picturesque harbour surrounded by half-timbered houses and the traditions of Normandy are explained in the Musée du Vieux. The wooden church of Ste-Chatérine houses a museum devoted to the life and works of the artist Eugène Boudin who was the teacher of Claude Monets. It is easy to reach the area by several motorways and there are good train services from Paris. Le Havre is still one of the main commercial ports of France and was once the stopping point for trans-Atlantic liners. The manufacture of textile making and other machinery as well as the plastics industry are the chief economic activities of the region.
Population: 1 245 000 (2006)
Main towns: Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe