In 911, the signature of the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between the king of France, Charles the Simple, and the Viking chief Rolf, Rollo, marked the first stage in the creation of the Duchy of Normandy.
In this section you will find 6 major themes which illustrate 11 centuries of history and the wealth of Normandy’s cultural heritage.
- The D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy At dawn on June 6th 1944, Normandy was the theatre for the largest military operation of all time which radically changed the outcome of World War II.Find out more about visits, events, and contacts linked to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
- Impressionism Normandy is the birthplace of Impressionism. In fact it was in Le Havre in 1872 that Claude Monet painted “Impression: Sunrise”.Find information (main sites, activities, itineraries, events, contacts…) related to this famous artistic movement.
- William the Conqueror and Medieval Normandy William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Philip II of France and Joan of Arc were major figures in medieval Normandy.Find out more about visits, events and contacts.
- Cycling and horse riding Find out more about the major cycling and riding routes and linked events.
- Gastronomy Normandy’s gastronomy is famous for its many iconic products like butter, Camembert, Calvados, scallops to name but a few…Find out more about visits, events and contacts.
- Major Sites Normandy is internationaly renowned for its world famous sites including the Mont-Saint-Michel, Etretat, Deauville, Giverny, Le Pin National Stud, the D-Day Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Rouen and Le Havre…Find out more about visits, events and ...