More curiosities of Granville !!

Again looking at my vault of pictures found some not yet in my blog and they should , as my blog is my life’s history of all the places in our wonderful world I have been in alone , with family or with friends over the years. I have written before on Granville, but here are more curiosities of Granville !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Rue du Cap-Lihou is the extension of rue du Port. The intersection with Boulevard des Terre-Neuviers marks the transition from one street to another. This is the access road to the Haute Ville or Upper Town when coming from the port area. It goes around Pointe du Roc and ends at the Rond-Point des Français-Libres, opposite the lighthouse. The Promenade Marc-Châtaigner, and the rue du Cap-Lihou intersect, the latter is also the starting point of the Promenade du RocAbout 450 meters long and a hundred meters wide, extend the ramparts of the Haute Ville or Upper Town of Granville. The Haute Ville is the historic site of Granville: it was the English who were behind its creation in the 15C. The construction and reconstruction of the fortifications will extend over several centuries, while urban development will take place towards the East: modest residences, private mansions, whose owners equip the boats for the Great Fishing in Newfoundland or for the racing wars, and which will notably make the prosperity of the city from the 16C to the 19C.

Some of the things to see here are :

The Maison du Guet or Watch House. This charming building is an integral part of the silhouette of the fortified city. It raises many questions with its medieval look and its turrets reminiscent of Hogwarts. It is in fact a private house of seaside architecture dating from the beginning of the 20C.

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At Place de l’Isthme square. It is divided into two parts separated by a ditch dating from the 19C. The Musée d’art moderne Richard Anacréon or Museum of Modern Art Richard Anacreon, once a convent then a school, is located on the western part of the square. The famous Tranchée aux Anglais, meanwhile, is visible from the eastern part, when you come to tickle the arrows of the Casino,

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The Cap Lihou cape forms with the Pointe du Roc, the western end of Granville. Since 1826, the lighthouse built here has undergone very few modifications since its construction. The nazis, during WWII, camouflaged it with green paint. They had also built some fortifications, remnants of the “Atlantic Wall”, still visible today. A path runs the whole of the cape from the port to the old town. Some things to see here are the Lighthouse of Cape Lihou (see post) located on the Pointe du Roc at 34 meters above the highest seas, and the Notre-Dame Church of Cape Lihou  (see post), according to legend, sailors found in 1113 a statue of the Virgin in their nets. It was then decided to name Our Lady of Cape Lihou. This makes it the oldest place of worship in Normandie!. The famous fashion designer Christian Dior was baptised in this Church in 1908.

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The City of Granville on the Upper Town or Haute Ville : https://www.ville-granville.fr/a-voir-a-faire-a-granville/patrimoine/haute-ville/

The Granville tourist office on the walks in the Upper Town of Haute Ville : https://www.tourisme-granville-terre-mer.com/decouvrir/nos-incontournables/la-haute-ville-balade-autour-des-remparts-de-granville

There you go folks, another dandy tour which can be done on foot of Granville by the bay of Mont Saint Michel, gorgeous countryside of my belle France. Again, hope you enjoy the tour and see you soon by Granville.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “More curiosities of Granville !!”

  1. Beautiful ! I have visited only the Christian Dior mansion. Have a nice Sunday ! Diana

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