"Watch over the world's largest deep water port" Cherbourg Things to Do Tip by Pavlik_NL

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  Look accurately and see the huge port of Cherbourg
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  • Look accurately and see the huge port of Cherbourg - Cherbourg
      Look accurately and see the huge port of Cherbourg
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  • Harbour pier with in the distance a defensive fort - Cherbourg
      Harbour pier with in the distance a defensive fort
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  • On artificial islands forts protect the harbour - Cherbourg
      On artificial islands forts protect the harbour
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  • A closer look at one of the strongholds - Cherbourg
      A closer look at one of the strongholds
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Cherbourg used to have several small harbours along it's coastline, however, the architects of Napoleon saw possibilities to create a huge bassin. Large enough to house now-a-days a whole fleet of cruiseships or then a full armada of warships. On the seabed a half circle of submerged rocks, made it possible to make artificial islands with in between stone harbour walls. Few gateways secured a deep and safe entrance into the bassin, where ships could anchor safely from large waves, storm winds or enemy ships. In Cherbourg itself the enormousness of the harbour can be best seen from the olf fortress terraces, but from view points near Anse-du-Brick (Maupertus) in the East and the old church of Querqueville in the West, the seize of the harbour also can be witnessed.

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  • Written Dec 5, 2007
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