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Le Havre’s most conspicuous landmark, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and opened in 1982, is also the city’s premier cultural venue. One look and you’ll understand how it got its name, which means ‘the volcano’. After extensive renovations, the complex reopened in 2015, with a new concert hall and an ultramodern mediathèque (multimedia library). Situated at the western end of the Bassin du Commerce, the city centre’s former port.

It's worth stopping by the library and cafe while strolling around Le Havre. Check the website for upcoming performances, which tend toward avant-garde and interdisciplinary works.