Gare Maritime de Cherbourg

Gare Maritime De Cherbourg

Gare Maritime de Cherbourg

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Cherbourg's Gare Maritime or Gare Maritime Transatlantique was a railway station at the end of the railway line from Paris' Gare Saint-Lazare and of the short branch from Cherbourg's main station.


The complex consisted of the transatlantic hall, a two storey building through which passengers boarded cruise ships using nine footbridges, as well as with a plethora of amenities:
  • Passenger concourse
  • Post office
  • Offices of each cruise company.
The hall is 240m long and constitutes the bulk of the complex, thirty four concrete arches carrying the copper and glass rooftop.

As the station is 93m wide, it was at the time of building the second largest construction in France after Palace of Versailles and covered 2 hectares. As well as the size of the construction mentioned, a 70m tall clock tower was built.

Along the hall was a 500m long covered gallery used for embarquement and disembarquement of passengers.

The station was divided in two parts and on the transatlantique side; two ships could berth and empty a thousand passengers into the station in an hour. Railway side, up to seven trains a day would take passengers to Paris in 3½ hours.<!-- Missing image removed: -->


The station building was designed by René Levavasseur and inaugurated by the President of the French Republic Albert Lebrun on 30 July 1933.

Gare Maritime saw intense activity during World War II as well as during the 1950s and 60s although partially destroyed in 1944.

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