Standing at Place Général-de-Gaulle in Évreux you’ll be in no doubt that you’re in a departmental capital: The buildings here, from the Maison des Arts and town hall to the 15th-century belfry all radiate authority.
The same can be said of Évreux’s marvellous Gothic cathedral, a seat of clerical power in medieval times and joined to an episcopal palace that is now the town’s enthralling museum. There are vestiges of Évreux’s Gallo-Roman walls in the centre, as well as an ancient sister city at ancient Gisacum, where an immense bathing complex has been excavated.
Lets explore the best things to do in Évreux:
1. Évreux Cathedral
Constructed from chalk and with an exceptionally intricate facade on the north side, the town’s cathedral has to be top of your list.
It has been through a litany of conflicts in its time, which actually explains the melange of styles: After the building was almost destroyed in the 100 Years’ War it was remodelled in the Flamboyant Gothic, and there were also 16th-century Renaissance additions.
But if there’s one thing that truly elevates the cathedral it’s the 14th-century stained glass windows, which use a special kind of silver stain that can only be found here and in Rouen.