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A special place where doors, needles and pinnacles characterise the cliffs. Etretat also conceals other secrets. Its origins as a fishing village are still evident in Etretat with original capstans and fishermen's huts on the sea front, and fishermen's cottages set in squares named after fishing crews and masters. Its impressive villas sprang up in the 19th C, as Etretat became a fashionable seaside resort. Elegantly built, in very different styles, with stunning gardens. Etretat was a place of inspiration for all schools of painting, and its painters' garden on the promenade was an essential meeting point for itinerant impressionists. One of Gide's favourite places was the protestant temple, with its small, simple cemetery, built in 1883 at the Château de Cuverville. As tourism flourishes, hotels appear and Anglo-Norman architecture develops in its fashionable timbered style. Start off at the covered market by the beach, pass in front of the Salamander mansion where the timbers come from two 14th/16th C houses in Lisieux which were carefully rebuilt in Etretat. Le Clos Arsčne Lupin - Enter a world of suspense with interactive guided tour to solve the mystery of the hollow needle. Notre-Dame de la Garde - With 12th C origins and displaying several characteristics of roman sytle, the church was renovated in the 19th C and boats an organ from that period. The Cap d'Antifer is an important nesting ground for growing numbers of pelegrine falcons, silver gulls, and tridactyl seagulls. Other species include the petrel and the large cormorant.
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