Arromanches-les-Bains

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Arromanches-les-Bains
Arromanches, with the remains of the Mulberry harbour in its bay
Arromanches, with the remains of the Mulberry harbour in its bay
Coat of arms of Arromanches-les-Bains
Coat of arms
Arromanches-les-Bains is located in France
Arromanches-les-Bains
Arromanches-les-Bains
Coordinates: 49°20′24″N 0°37′16″W / 49.34°N 0.6211°W / 49.34; -0.6211Coordinates: 49°20′24″N 0°37′16″W / 49.34°N 0.6211°W / 49.34; -0.6211
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Ryes
Intercommunality Bessin, Seulles et Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Patrick Jardin
Area
 • Land1 13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 609
 • Population2 density 44/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14021 / 14117
Elevation 0–55 m (0–180 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arromanches-les-Bains (or, simply Arromanches) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in north-western France.

It is located on the coast in the heart of the area where the Normandy landings took place on D-Day, on 6 June 1944.

Administration[edit]

Arromanches-les-Bains is a commune of the Calvados département, in the Basse-Normandie région. Its postal code is 14117.

Location[edit]

Arromanches-les-Bains is situated approximately 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Caen. Neighbouring towns include Port-en-Bessin and Courseulles-sur-Mer.

History[edit]

Arromanches beach with remaining Phoenix caissons from the Mulberry harbour. Four caissons are in the background and one is in the midground.

The town lies along the stretch of coastline designated as Gold Beach during the D-Day landings, one of the beaches used by British troops in the Allied invasion. Arromanches was selected as one of the sites for two Mulberry Harbours built on the Normandy coast, the other one built further West at Omaha Beach. Sections of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches still remain today with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand, and more can be seen further out at sea.

Today, Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the battle sites and War Cemeteries, there is also a museum at Arromanches with information about Operation Overlord and in particular, the Mulberry harbours.[1]

On 21 September 2013, Bradford-based sand sculpting company Sand in Your Eye[2] created a tribute called "The Fallen 9000". It was a temporary sculpture project—a visual representation of 9000 people drawn in the sand which equates the number of Civilians, Germans Forces and Allies that died during the D-day landings. It coincided with Peace Day, and was washed away with the tide at the end of the day.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 298 —    
1968 339 +13.8%
1975 355 +4.7%
1982 395 +11.3%
1990 409 +3.5%
1999 552 +35.0%
2008 609 +10.3%

Inhabitants are called Arromanchais.

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Panorama