Walking photography tour in Cherbourg city
Walking photography tour in Cherbourg cityD
uring my stay in Cherbourg, located at the north end of the Cotentin, in France, I had the chance to photograph the city at night, with the photographer who initiated me to photography during my childhood.
Located at the north end of the Cotentin, protected by the largest artificial harbor in the world, between the Hague and Val de Saire, the city has been over the centuries a strategic role played between English and French. Cited as one of the “keys to the kingdom” by Vauban, it became, for colossal maritime development work, a first-class military port, under the leadership of Louis XVI and Napoleon. Escale prestigious ocean liners in the first half of the twentieth century, Cherbourg was the primary objective of US troops during the Normandy landings in 1944.
To take the skyline photography of the city of Cherbourg, we are up on the mountain of Roule. I think the guardian of the Fort, was afraid, because he went out to look at what we were doing.
Fort du Roule (War Museum and Liberation) is located on the mountain of Roule. Location since 1650 the chapel of Our Lady of Protection, abandoned the Revolution razed in 1870, this culminating point of the city (117 m) hosts a redoubt in 1793 to protect the harbor. In 1853, the present fort is built. Instead of the latest fighting in 1940, it is reinforced by the Germans in 1943 by a battery located on the side overlooking the bay, below the fort.
Comprising four casemates for 105 mm guns and a post firing direction, with several underground tunnels and access dug into the rock, it becomes for the Germans the highlight of the “Cherbourg fortress” and the Atlantic Wall . June 6, 1954, René Coty inaugurates the first French museum of Liberation. After a yaw drive named “Path of Resistance”, the fort offers a panoramic view of the city and the harbor. Battery and part of German ammunition storage tunnels were classified historic monument in 1995, and another part is converted into underground laboratory measurement of radioactivity to the School of Military atomique154 application of energy.
There are other photographs in my portfolio: Cherbourg by night