“Clos du Cotentin” consists of three towns with an important architectural heritage: Valognes, Bricquebec and Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.

Bricquebec
 

Its origin dates back to Viking times, eleven Centuries ago. The Medieval castle – with its 20 meter high polygonal donjon - was the residence of the lords of Bricquebec until the French Revolution. With its walls, towers and donjon, it is one of the best preserved castles in the region. The Abbey of La Trappe is still home to a community of Cistercian monks. They make cheese, namely the famous “Trappe de Bricquebec”. Today listed as a Historic monument, the clock tower, the crypt, the circular towers and the donjon are open to visitors.
 

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Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte

The town developed under the protection of its feudal castle. Initially made of earth and wood, the first castle gave way in the 12th Century to one with fortifications, besieged twice during the 14th and 16th Centuries. Inhabitants of Saint Sauveur proudly say that “this monument of French heritage is among the most evocative of the Hundred Years War".
Saint-Sauveur is also the birthplace of writer Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, author of "les Diaboliques". Novelist, short story writer, poet, literary critic, journalist and polemicist, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly was born here in 1808. His family home is now a museum.

 

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Situated in the heart of the Cotentin peninsula, Valognes is the only one, amongst the three County towns, that existed in Antiquity. The Gallic village was named “Alauna”, and in the 17th Century was nicknamed “petit Versailles” because of its beautiful town houses. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, the capital of “Clos du Cotentin” greatly attracted the bourgeoisie and the noblesse de robe; grand town houses were built.

To name just one, “Hôtel Beaumont” is one of the finest town houses built in Valognes. Still occupied, and listed as historic monument, “Hôtel de Beaumont” is open to visitors. From the grand staircase to the lavishly furnished salons and the gardens... you will discover the ambiance and elegance of aristocratic life in the 18th Century.

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Among the major sites


The ruins of the ancient thermal baths of Alauna demonstrate the important center that was Valognes in Roman times, the ancient royal Benedictine abbey, the former Hotel Dieu, the castles of Valognes and Brix, the finest town houses.