"Douvres-la Delivrande" Douvres-la-Délivrande by ranger49

Douvres-la-Délivrande Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 23 photos

A recent name for an ancient settlement

The twin spires of the Basilica, one of the oldest Marian sanctuaries in Normandy, can be seen from miles around - whether you approach by sea or from across the Caen plain.
The church that you see was built between 1854 and 1878 to replace a much earlier romanesgue chapel from the 12thC. It was from that chapel that the two statues now located at the back of the church, can be seen

To see the photographs in the nearby Radar Museum of the destruction and carnage that struck the town in June 1944 is heartbreaking. It is a miracle that anything in the town survived the aerial bombardment that followed the D-Day Landings.
It was heavily fortified by the occupying forces and fierce fighting took place with great loss of Allied forces before the Germans surrendered.

The British Cemetery, at the southern edge of the town is the burial place for the 1,123 soldiers who died here: 927 British, 11 Canadians, 3 Australians, 1 Pole, 180 Germans and one unknow soldier.

Today Douvres La Delivrande appears as a prospering town with respected educational institutions - a college, Lycee and further educational establishments.
The main street has shops bars and restaurants some of which survived the war - and there are many new developments around the town - residential and commercia.
The prefix Douvres - a celtic word meaning water - is a comparatively recent addition to the original town name of Delivrande for which I have found no explanation.

  • Last visit to Douvres-la-Délivrande: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2016 at 3:56 AM

    Sounds like an interesting town!

    • ranger49's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2016 at 10:57 AM

      Thanks Dee for being only the 2nd member to comment on my Douvres-la-Délivrande Page..
      Two coincidences have arisen from it - an old friend living in France (not a VT member) came across it and renewed contact with me; and I have just finished a novel by Kate Atkinson that describes RAF Bomber raids during WW2. It was thanks to our visit to the Radar Museum I understood what she was talking about when a reference to "Windows" ( nothing to do with computers) was made.. The hidden value of travelling!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      Fancy that! Your opening photo of the church towers made me choose this page, then it turned out to be very interesting :)

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Interesting little stopover Barbara..had to chuckle a ittle over the 3 Euro "ASSumption..always a bit of a frustrating situation..Looks like you enjoyed some good weather this day!

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