Haute Normandie also known as Upper Normandy was created in 1984 by uniting 2 departments, namely Eure and Sein-Maritime, thus forming one of the 27 regions of France. The splitting of Normandy into Upper and Lower Normandy has always been the cause of many controversies over the years and there were many who wanted the re-unification of the two. The name Haute-Normandie i actually older, being first used before 1956 to refer to areas now included in the administrative region, those being the Roumois, the Pays de Bray (not that of Picardy), the Pays de Caux, the Plaine de Saint André, the Campagne of Le Neubourg and the Norman Vexin. Even today a great area of Pays d’Auge is situated in Lower Normandie along with a small part of Pays d’Ouche.
The capital city of Lower Normandie is Rouen which stands out due to its beautiful buildings and churches. This is where the tallest cathedral in France can be found. The most populated city in Upper Normandy is Le Havre. Upper Normandie is considered to be twinned with the Borough of Redbridge in London, England and its economy is concentrated on petrochemicals, tourism, industry and agriculture.
“Rouen (French pronunciation: [ʁwɑ̃]), in northern France on the River Seine, is the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) region and the historic capital city of Normandy. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, it was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy in the Middle Ages. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. It was here that Joan of Arc was executed in 1431. People from Rouen are called Rouennais.”(Wikipedia)
There are many things to be seen in Upper Normandy, out of which some of the most famous ones are the Evreux Cathedral which encompasses a late gothic flamboyant style with a high gothic rayonnant style; then there is the town centre of Le Havre which was destroyed at the end of the II World War and of course Le Havre was the cradle of impressionism as it was where Claude Monet painted “Impressions, sun rising”.
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