Version Française
bon cadeau

Culture in all its forms


The department of Seine Maritime offers six very interesting tours in the footsteps of the Impressionists

Abbeys trail and religious art

Do know the Abbeys trail? no, you’ve heard about it then, have you? Hurry up and discover this glorious past of Normandy, which still echoes today… Beyond the abbeys, you will come across beautiful little Romanesque churches, such as the one in Ry (see picture below on the left), majestic collegiate churches (Blainville, pictured below on the right), and the so beautiful cathedral of Rouen which has been painted over and over again by Monet.

Architecture of the towns and the countryside

Seine-Maritime counts many very beautiful cities, among which we will remember:

Rouen the ‘ville aux cent clochers’ (literally the town that counts a hundred bell towers), and its beautiful city center, full of buildings not to be missed: the cathedral, the well-known gros horloge" and its belfry, the Saint Maclou aster (an ossuary, vestige of the black plague of the 14th century) , the magnificent courthouse or again the ‘place du vieux marché’ (old market square), where Joan of Arc was burnt.

Dieppe is also very pleasant with its castel , its beach and its port.

As far as traditional architecture is concerned, you will be impressed by the ‘maisons cauchoises’ style (half-timbered with a thatched roof), by the houses in the city center of Rouen – a foreign friend of mine used to call Rouen ‘the city where the houses lean’ – or again by the market places of our villages. Among the most beautiful and the closest, we recommend Buchy, and Lyons-la-Forêt (lovely village where a great part of Claude Chabrol’s movie ‘Madame Bovary’ was shot). Also, do not miss great pieces of architecture, such as the bridges of Brotonne (see picture), Tancarville, or the more recent ‘Normandy Bridge’.


Near Fontaine, you will also find castles, as various as unforgettable.


Numerous museums on various subjects do exist in Seine Maritime. We recommend to visit the tourism website. .

Note however, near Fontaine:

Please visit this website . to find more nice walks and things not to be missed in the immediate vicinity of Fontaine.