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Visit Villers-sur-Mer

Walking tour

The seaside town is renowned for its beautiful villas, its pretty town center, the Greenwich Meridian and its paleontological deposit. A visit to discover the architecture, history and treasures of Villers-sur-Mer.

Distance:

3 km
Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - Le Méridien de Greenwich
Villers-sur-Mer, entry point to the Greenwich Meridian in continental Europe, has the distinction of being the only French coastal station located on this Meridian.
Renovated in 2016, the meridian is materialized by a line on the rounded shape of the central dike just after the casino and by a marking on the luminous floor in the evening.
A simple little trick to locate Villers-sur-Mer on any map of the globe: the town is located at the exact intersection of the zero meridian and the French coast.
Avenue of the Republic
VILLERS-SUR-MER
Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - The Paléospace l'Odyssée
Dive into the heart of the Jurassic! 160 million years ago, dinosaurs reigned on Earth and the sea that covered Normandy was populated by ferocious marine reptiles…
Ideally located on the marsh, near the beach and the Vaches Noires cliffs, the Paléospace l'Odyssée de Villers-sur-Mer is an atypical museum which offers you to go back to Jurassic times, there are 160 million years, when a warm sea covered Normandy. Spectacular, interactive and sensory reconstructions make it a cultural, scientific but also fun place!
Discover the Cosmos: the Palaeospace planetarium allows you to discover the starry sky at any time. A trip commented in 360 ° through the Milky Way, to discover the constellations, planets and stars ... to look at the sky differently!
5 Avenue Jean Moulin
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Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - The iron dinosaur
This steel sculpture of 4,80 m (unique piece), made by the artist Patrice Mesnier, represents a tyrannosaurus. Today installed on the roundabout at the intersection of Avenue de la République and Avenue Jean Moulin, it was previously exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris shortly after its creation, made an appearance at the Grand art market at the Bastille and was hired for the filming of "La fidelite" by Zulawski alongside "Rhinocéros de Dalí".
Avenue of the Republic
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Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - The green dinosaur
Each year, a giant green dinosaur is installed in the heart of the city in the gardens opposite the Tourist Information Office, in reference to the Vaches Noires cliffs, a paleontological deposit of great scientific renown where fossils of 'a pliosaurs 10 meters long, an ichthyosaur, a marine "crocodiles", but also ammonites, sea urchins and sponges.
This green dinosaur has become over the years a real emblem of the station. The colossus, 12 m long and 7 m high, consists of an iron frame filled with 6 tonnes of soil where 9.000 plants grow: 7 green pyrethes for the upper part of the body and 000 alternantheras or rubras for the below.
It is set up in June, so that these plants grow enough, by the city's green spaces service, which removes it in November. His return and his installation gives rise to a long-awaited celebration which announces the start of summer!
It should be noted that for some time now, the dinosaur dad has been accompanied by his young. A real landmark in the resort, it is admired by visitors who have made it their main target for their souvenir photos.
Place Jean Mermoz
VILLERS-SUR-MER
Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - The presbyteral manor
Dating from 1750, this presbytery is typical of Norman architecture and the Pays d'Auge.
It was threatened with destruction twice at the end of the 1904th century before becoming municipal property in 1977. Thanks to renovations between 1979 and XNUMX, the presbytery regained its original appearance.
We thus rediscover the original half-timbering, and above the entrance door of the presbytery the ornate crosses of Saint-André, a rare feature in the Pays d'Auge. Finally, a glass transom with small ornate woods with a half-hanger covers the door, in harmony with the crosses.
The building located to the west of the presbytery is an old sheepfold from the second half of the XNUMXth century which was in the marsh of Villers. This building has been moved piece by piece from the marsh to its current location.
24 Street of General de Gaulle
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Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - The Saint-Martin church
The Saint-Martin church is a remarkable example of the neo-Gothic style which flourished in Normandy at the end of the 1874th century. Thanks to donations, it replaced the old church in XNUMX, which had become too small.
Inside, the sculptures of the Jacquier brothers and the stained glass windows in the Duhamel Marette workshop are listed as historic monuments. The Duhamel Marette workshop, installed in Evreux, delivers to Villers-sur-Mer for this church, an exceptional set of 51 colored canopies dedicated to Saint Joseph and completed in 1878. It is considered one of the masterpieces of Lower Normandy art from the end of the XNUMXth century.
We also discover a painting (also classified) by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant representing "Saint Joseph foster father of Christ", hanging on the west wall of the south transept.
Church Square
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Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - Along the dike
The promenade along the dike offers two pretty views. On one side, the sea as far as the eye can see, on the other a row of seaside villas, built in the second half of the XNUMXth century.
The Villers-sur-Mer sea wall extends over 800 meters between the Cercle Nautique and Le Méridien de Greenwich.
On the east side of the dike (towards Blonville-sur-Mer), a small esplanade indicates the Meridian of Greenwich, symbolized on the ground by a line and a projection, the longitude at this location is exactly 0!
At the end of the promenade, on the Nautical Circle side, you can admire the cliffs of the Vaches Noires, a geological and paleontological treasure. 100 meters high, they extend over almost 4,5 km between Villers-sur-Mer and Houlgate. They originate from the accumulation of marine sediment deposits from the Jurassic (around 160 million years ago) and the Cretaceous (around 100 million years ago). In these different geological layers many marine fossils and dinosaurs have been discovered.
Avenue of the Republic
VILLERS-SUR-MER
Visit of Villers-sur-Mer - La Villa d'Eaux
The facade on the street has retained a remarkable decoration of bricks and decorative panels in enamelled lava and colored ceramics, on which is inscribed "hot baths, hydrotherapy". The Villa d'Eaux guest house took over the old Villers-sur-Mer baths in 2018, a historic heritage from 1903. Deteriorated and partly broken to allow the opening of shops on the facade, after five years of works, this exceptional place steeped in history has now regained its original state. Its facade, witness to its past activity, its interior patio, its art deco treasures and the frescoes by Charles Catteau have been preserved.
12 Rue Michel d'Ornano
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