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Heritage site

17, parvis Saint Michel
Inaugurated in 1964

  • The bell tower stands 47 meters high
  • Seen from above, the church roof looks like an open book while the bell tower symbolizes a candle.
Tour 3

Saint-Michel church was designed by architect Henri Colboc, a Le Havre native and winner of the 1944 Rome Prize. Unfortunately, Colboc lost out on the commission to rebuild the city, as the selection board preferred Auguste Perret’s urban masterplan. He was however invited to design Saint-Michel church, built to replace the first church erected in Le Havre in 1661.

It is an imposing, angular building, inaugurated in 1964 comprising a concrete cube topped with a roof in the shape of an open book that appears to float above its belt of stained glass windows. This architectural feat was achieved thanks to the impressive timber frame, holding up the roof and visible inside the church.

There are also some remarkable abstract stained glass windows designed by Jacques Boutzen, subtly lighting up the nave. The furniture was donated by a local family of timber traders and is made from solid teak.

Eglise Saint-Michel © DR

Practical info

Heritage site

Saint-Michel church

17, parvis Saint Michel
Inaugurated in 1964
Venue

17, parvis Saint Michel
76600 Le Havre

ACCESSIBILITY
  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities
  • Visitors with visual impairment
OPENING HOURS

From Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.
Sunday, from 10am to 1pm.

PRICE

Free Access

Discovery tour

Stage 4 on the discovery tour 3. The Stairs

CULTURAL MEDIATION

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How to get here
- Bus : line 5 (Stop Pl. Thiers) and line 6 (Stop Hôtel de Ville)
- Tram : lines A and B (Stop Hôtel de Ville)
ON SITE
  • Rest area
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