||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
Arromanches, with the remains of the Mulberry harbour in its bay
|Intercommunality||Bessin, Seulles et Mer|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Patrick Jardin|
|• Land1||13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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.
On 21 September 2013, Bradford-based sand sculpting company Sand in Your Eye 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.
Inhabitants are called Arromanchais.
- Tourist office website
- Statellite view of Arromanches on GoogleMaps: remains of the Mulberry harbour are still visible.
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