Dieppe

Overview

Introduction

Dieppe is nicknamed the "four-port city." Today, Dieppe is mostly defined by these ports and by its different neighborhoods, including the historic center; the residential Saint-Pierre district; the Faubourg de la Barre, with its beautiful mansions and chalets; the 17th-century Sainte-Catherine district, with its unique brick facades hiding shops and galleries; and the Pollet fishermen's area.

In each of its neighborhoods, you will find evidence of Dieppe's status as a city of art and history. Some famous monuments include the Dieppe Chateau, which is home to the Dieppe museum, and the Saint Jacques church.

As you wander through Dieppe, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Grande Rue and the Puits-Sale Place, both of which have been pedestrian areas since 1976 and were renovated in 2004. Be sure to stop at the Place du Moulin a Vent, where you'll find picturesque local houses, as well as the seaside promenade, designed by Empress Eugenie.

Like much of Normandy, Dieppe is also home to several pieces of evidence of World War II history. Dieppe was the site of Operation Jubilee, the Canadian landing that took place in 1942, two years before the D-Day landings. A quarter of the Canadian troops in the operation died, making it the deadliest Canadian operation in the war. The small municipal theater, dating from 1900, was converted into a museum to the Canadian landings in 2002.

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