"Basse-Normandie - Lower Normandy" Basse-Normandie by grayfo

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Lower Normandy was created in 1956, when the Normandy region was divided into Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). For a short break with a difference, the landscape is hard to beat, lush and green, with tiny fields and half-timbered buildings. The region is known as ‘Cider and Cream Country’. The history of Normandy is also intertwined with Great Britain’s, where echoes of Joan of Arc, the D-Day landings, Richard the Lionheart and William the Conqueror can be seen. Everything in Normandy seems vaguely familiar to England due to the shared heritage shared; the same Vikings who visited Normandy also visited Britain. In fact the present day Normans seem to have more in common with us, than they do with the rest of the French.

The regional capital of Basse-Normandie is Caen.

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Lower Normandy Website
Official Normandy Tourist Board

The coat of arms consists of two golden walking leopards on a red background; the arms are used for both Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy and are based on the design of arms that belonged to William the Conqueror, who launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

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Mont Saint Michel

The flag of Lower Normandy is a replica of the coat of arms showing the two gold leopards on a red background. The flag was adopted by the Municipal Council in 1982 and confirmed in 1986.

  • Last visit to Basse-Normandie: Jul 1990
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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