Known primarily as a port, Cherbourg has more strings to its bow: La Cité de la Mer museum, for example, will take you back to the Golden Age of transatlantic travel and is hosted on an ocean liner terminal cavernous Art Deco.
Cherbourg also has the largest man-made port in the world, you having seven decades to complete and still protected by the forts of the sea at its entrance.
La Cité de la Mer
The showpiece of the Cherburgo is this great museum of science and ancient history within the transatlantic maritime terminal of the port.
This 240 meters long Art Deco lobby was completed in 1928 and in its time was full of amenities including its own post office.
The museum opened in 2002 and is based on his legacy.
There is a space dedicated to the Titanic, which puts in Cherbourg five days before it sank.
Rade de Cherbourg
Anyone fascinated by sailing will want to see more of the largest man-made port in the world.
This was released in 1853 after 70 years of work on a scale that surpassed any other draft age, apart from the construction of St. Petersburg.
In July and August there are four day tours aboard Adèle 82 seats.
This boat departs from the Pont Tournant and makes a pick-up at La Cité de la Mer, before leaving the port of 1,500 hectares.
3. Musée Thomas-Henry
Located in a specially designed gallery, fine arts museum Cherbourg has a formidable assortment of painting from the 15th to the 19th century.
Patron of the museum in the 19th century was the patron Thomas Henry, who donated a collection that includes Murillo, Jacob Jordaens, Rigaud, Poussin and Vouet.
A young Jean-François Millet, after the Barbizon school, came to outline these paintings.
Years later, the museum acquired the second largest variety of works of Millet after the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Also from the 19th century are sublime pieces of Boudin, Théodore Rousseau Impressionist Paul Signac and.
4. Parc Emmanuel Liais
Emmanuel Liais was twice mayor of Cherbourg towards the end of his life, but before he had dabbled in everything from exploration to astronomy and botany.
During his travels in Brazil and the Far East he gathered samples brought back to Cherbourg.
Many of the 400 species of plants in greenhouses in this botanical garden are descended from these expeditions.
5. Basilique Sainte-Trinité
Among the oldest buildings in Cherbourg is this church of the 15th century, which has seen a lot of conflict in his time.
The predecessor of the church was destroyed in the War of 100 years, while it needs a lot of reconstruction after being sacked during the Revolution.
When it was restored at the beginning of the 19th century it became one of the first neo-Gothic churches of France.
The Napoleon square can inspect the flying buttresses and pinnacles carved impressive church.
Then inside there very unusual reliefs above the arches of the nave, which were carved in the 1400s and portray a macabre dance in memory of the plagues that had recently swept the region.