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Thousands of visitors leave Normandy’s main sightseeing trail to visit this modest village near Vernon in the Seine valley which has become a shrine to its most famous inhabitant, Claude Monet. The crowds are lured by the gardens, the lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge, which are kept as close as possible to the way they were in Monet’s day. You can also visit his tomb at the Eglise de Giverny.
Claude Monet's HouseMonet lived here from 1883 after he saw Giverny from a train and fell in love with it. It was here he painted thefamous irises and lily pond. The house is laid out as in his day, though the tours spend more time focusing on the splendid grounds.
American Art MuseumOnce Monet started to exhibit his work in Paris, other aspiring artists were drawn to Giverny for inspiration, even though Monet distanced himself from them. This Museum houses a collection of works by these visitors, including Willard Metcalf.
Eglise de GivernyThe Église Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, was built during the 15th and 16th centuries with sculpture dating back to the 13th Century. Best known today, because this was where Monet married and where he was buried in December of 1926.
Vernon MuseumVernon is a neighbouring town that has retained its own identity and the museum itself actually owns works by the impressionist Claude Monet, with the stone and timber builder being home to a circular study of water lilies and the cliffs of Pourvill.
Church of EcouisA royal passion for hunting may be the reason for the unexpected appearance of this magnificent church in Ecouis, a prosperous yet undistinguished market town, close to the royal hunting grounds of Foret de Lyon.
Chateau GillardTravel up to Les Andelys to visit the castle that was the heart of Anglo-French politics in the middle ages, high on a hilltop overlooking the River Seine. Built by Richard the Lionheart, little remains today but it has lost none of its awe and majesty.