© OTI Terres de Nacre

Heritage

Explore our communes and take the historical path discovering many monuments on the sea front or in the countryside.

Between old stones, architectural details and headstones that naturally encourage the Duty of Remembrance....

The stronghold of William, Duke of Normandy, the communes of Terres de Nacre such as Bernières, Douvres, Plumetot and Basly show the remains of the medieval period.

A brochure on heritage is available from the Tourist Office.

1st Hussars " Bold" Tank British War cementery Canada House " The Queen’s own rifles of Canada" Chapelle Lalique Château de Fontaine Henry Château François d’Ô Church of "Notre-Dame de la Nativité" Cross of Lorraine Fortified anti-tank gun emplacement Lesage Pharmacy Monument for the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment Notre Dame de la Délivrande Basilica Saint-Germain church The Barony The canadian War cementery in Bény-sur-mer/ Reviers The German 50 mm KWK39 anti-tank

The canadian War cementery in Bény-sur-mer/ Reviers

Situated on the road D35 north of Reviers. 2049 graves are taken care by the Commowealth War graves Commission.

Ouverture : Toute l'année à 08:00 jusqu'à 22:00
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020 à 08:00 jusqu'à 22:00

Tarifs :

14440 BENY-SUR-MER
Téléphone:
02 31 37 46 80

Canada House " The Queen's own rifles of Canada"

The first house in France to be liberated on 6th June 1944 during the Normandy Landings, this early 20th century Anglo-Norman house was taken over by the army regiment The Queen's Own Riffles of Canada early in the morning. It stands facing Juno beach and can be seen on numerous photos taken on D-Day and in many commemorative films. Private House.

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

34 Avenue des Français
14990 BERNIERES-SUR-MER
E-mail:
maisondescanadiens@hotmail.fr
Facebook:
https://fr-fr.facebook.com/CanadaHouseLaMaisonDesCanadiens/

Church of "Notre-Dame de la Nativité"

The church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is a beautiful example of religious medieval architecture. Its 67 metre-high bell tower is highest one along the Côte de Nacre ( Mother of Pearl Coast). Remarkable features: baroque altarpiece, high altar, Crucifixion painting, marine votive offerings.

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Toute l'année

Tarifs :

14990 BERNIERES-SUR-MER
Téléphone:
02 31 96 44 02
E-mail:
infos@terresdenacre.com

1st Hussars " Bold" Tank

This tank was recovered from the sea in 1970. The Duplex Drive Sherman (DD) is most famous in a range of special tanks employed by the Allied forces. Its name is due to the dual propulsion system : by track on land and by propeller at the sea, and equipped with flotation system. "Bold" is a memorial to the 1 st Hussars, which also bears the insignias of the Canadian regiments which took part in the D-Day landings and the Battle Normandy.

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

Rue Gariepy
14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER

Château François d'Ô

Former fortified castle of the ninth century which has been transformed at the end of the sixteenth century by François d'O and late seventeenth century by Anne Morant. Classified historical monument in 1910. This castle is surrounded by a wooded park of one hectare. This castle remains private and is not open to the public.

Ouverture : Toute l'année

2 avenue du château
14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER
Téléphone:
02 31 37 46 80

Cross of Lorraine

On June 14, 1944, General de gaulle landed between Graye and Coureulles-s-mer. Over the daysthat followed DD-Day, it was absolutely essential that France reestablished itself politically to avoid being governed by an Allied government of liberation. In landing on June 14, 1944, De Gaulle took this potent political inititative, restoring sovereignty to France. This cross symbolizing the event was unveiled in 1984

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Jusqu'au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

Voie des Français Libres
14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER
Téléphone:
02 31 37 46 80
Site internet:
http://www.terresdenacre.com/

Monument for the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment

Homage to this regiment, which landed on the Courseulles/Graye-sur-mer sector

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

Promenade Dartmouth
14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER

Saint-Germain church

The present church dates back to 1786. The previous church was located in the graveyard near the castle. The central alley in the graveyard corresponds to the outline of the first church. There are also old tombstones of former priests. As it had fallen into disrepair, it was destroyed by a fire and storm.

Tarifs :

Rue Amiral Robert
14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER
Téléphone:
02 31 37 45 76

The German 50 mm KWK39 anti-tank

Example of an artillery gun, which the Canadians had to face on Juno Beach. Due to its ports, Courseulles was well defended by the Germans.

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER

British War cementery

It was completed on the south side of Douvres-la-Délivrande on grounds that belong to the French State. It has been given to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which is in charge of its maintenance. It is one of the 17 British war cementeries in Calvados. The cementerycontains 923 British graves, 180 German graves, 11 Canadian graves, 3 Australian graves, 1 Polish grave of an unknown soldier.

Ouverture : Toute l'année à 08:00 jusqu'à 22:00
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020 à 08:00 jusqu'à 22:00

Tarifs :

14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE
Téléphone:
02 31 97 32 77
E-mail:
enquiries@cwgc.org

Chapelle Lalique

This chapel contains one of the first monumental expressions in glass slabs, architectural technique of which René Lalique was the precursor. Classified as a Historic Monument, this beautiful ensemble has been restored in the spirit of the original work designed by Lalique in 1930 for the Centenary of the Community. To discover: the Christ on a translucent cross, three glass windows, an altarpiece, a tabernacle door, luminous columns and a sanctuary lamp. To discover also: the path of cross of Alix Aymé on lacquer (1948), the 15th station designed by Isabelle Emmerique, master of lacquer (2014) and its support in marquetry designed by Marie Collino (2015); the reliquary of Sainte-Florida (wax restored in 2015 by Stéphanie Duboc). Guided tour possible on appointment

Tarifs : Base rate - full rate adult : à partir de €3,00

Moyens de paiement : Postal or bank cheques, cash

40 rue du Bout Varin
Route de Cresserons-Ouistreham
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE
Téléphone:
02 31 37 30 17
E-mail:
lalique@espace-khaire.com
Site internet:
http://www.congregation-notre-dame-de-fidelite.com

Lesage Pharmacy

Designed by the architect Rouvray in 1901, the pharmacy displays an Art Nouveau facade typical of the early 20 th century (typical of the Parisian Metro).

Tarifs :

78 Rue du Général de Gaulle
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE

Notre Dame de la Délivrande Basilica

A place of worship and prayer since the 12 th century. The present-day building, which replaced a Romanesque chapel from 1150, was built between 1854 and 1895 in the Neo-Gothic style by the architect from Rouen, Jacques-Eugènes Bartélémy, who drew his inspiration from the 13 th century. The Basilica houses the statue of Notre-Dame de la Délivrande ( the Black Madonna). The pilgrimage to Douvres la Délivrande, succeeding a pagan workship, is the oldest one in Normandy. During the Middle Ages, it was as renowned as the one to the Mont-Saint-Michel, a procession still takes place in August. The first Statue of Notre-Dame, the Virgin Mary, dating back to the Middle Ages was destroyed by the Protestants in 1561. The current stone statue is a black Madonna offered in 1580 by Canon Pierre Legendre.

Ouverture : Toute l'année de 10:00 à 12:00 - Fermé le monday morning

Tarifs :

10 place de la Basilique
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE
Téléphone:
02 31 37 29 66
E-mail:
stregnobert@orange.fr

The Barony

Its comprises two buildings in a three-hectare park. The entrance gate dates back to the 15 th century and was consolidated in the 19th century. The main building dates from 14 th and 15th centuries. Douvres became a barony in 1072 when Thomas of Dover ( 1st Archbishop of York, companion of William the Conqueror), it was then turned into a manor house and became the Bishop of Bayeux's country house. During the 18th century, it was rented to farmers and became a national property during the French Revolution. It has been renovated by the town of Douvres-la Délivrande and children can now enjoy a nice garden and a playground

Ouverture : Toute l'année

Tarifs :

1, rue de la Baronnie
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE
Téléphone:
02 31 37 20 49
Portable:
06 37 09 74 50
Portable:
06 20 74 81 99
E-mail:
association.baronnie.douvres@gmail.com

Château de Fontaine Henry

Inside, the Chateau displays a wide and beautiful range of French furniture of Renissance period and the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI ; Also on display : porcelain, silverware and touchi,ng Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette memorabilia ; Walk in the wooded parkland.

Ouverture : Du 21/04/2019 au 31/05/2019 de 14:30 à 18:30 - Fermé le monday - tuesday - wednesday - thursday - friday
Du 01/06/2019 au 15/09/2019 de 14:00 à 18:30 - Fermé le tuesday
Du 21/04/2020 au 31/05/2020 de 14:30 à 18:30 - Fermé le monday - tuesday - wednesday - thursday - friday
Du 01/06/2020 au 15/09/2020 de 14:00 à 18:30 - Fermé le tuesday

Tarifs : Base rate - full rate adult : à partir de €8,50
Base rate - full rate adult : à partir de €5,50
Base rate - full rate adult : à partir de €12,00
Child rate : à partir de €5,50 (- de 15 ans)
Child rate : à partir de €4,00 (- de 15 ans)

Moyens de paiement : Carte bleue, debit cards, postal or bank cheques, holiday vouchers, cash, visa

3 place du château
14610 FONTAINE-HENRY
Téléphone:
02 31 26 93 67
E-mail:
boutique.fontaine-henry@orange.fr
Site internet:
http://www.chateaudefontainehenry.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/chateaudefontainehenry/

Fortified anti-tank gun emplacement

This structure is one of the fortifications found within the WN27 German defensive sector. This type of construction was designed to house and protect 50mm anti-tanks guns, which would give enfilading fire along the beach. They had a 6.5 km range. The gun still in p lace today is the one that inflacted manay casualties among the Canadian troops before it was destroyed by a specialized tank.

Ouverture : Toute l'année
Du 01/01/2020 au 31/12/2020

Tarifs :

D514
Digue Favreau
14750 SAINT-AUBIN-SUR-MER