© Photographe Philippe Baudry. Collection Saint-Nazaire Agglomération Tourisme - Écomusée.

Watch the Reconstruction

of Saint-Nazaire

After World War II, more than 85% of Saint-Nazaire was destroyed… Since then, the city has been a big construction site. In fourteen years, 12,000 accommodations, a hundred public buildings and 120 kilometres of new or reworked roads have sprung up. Saint-Nazaire is beginning its architectural reconstruction process


Watch the Reconstruction

of Saint-Nazaire

As of 1948, the city undertook the construction of small buildings imbued with regional, traditional or modernist features. The facades were clad in limestone, brick, pink or pale-yellow sandstone and adorned with clear glass blocks. The inhabitants of Saint-Nazaire discovered the comfort of bright and functional housing.

In 1999, the French ministry of Culture created the label “20th Century Heritage” in order to identify that century’s most remarkable examples of architecture and town-planning. Several buildings in Saint-Nazaire have received this label, among them the town hall, the sports hall nicknamed the “Flying Sauver” but also the submarine pens and the huge Normandie dock in the harbour. They have been singled out because of their value as witnesses to economical, technical, social and cultural change in our society.

Through the neighbourhoods

of Saint-Nazaire

Discovering Saint-Nazaire means taking time to stroll and feel the atmospheres of the different neighbourhoods in the city… From Méan-Penhoët to La Havane, you will travel without leaving town!

Through Méan-Penhoët…

Grab your smartphone, download a free app and explore the surprising area of Méan-Penhoët.

Within about 90 minutes, the character Eugénie will tell you about the history of the early 1900s, or let André spend 1 hour guiding you through the 1950s. These walks reveal daily life, the old public baths, hand-barrow trails and hidden viewpoints, enhanced by Jinks Kunst murals and art installations that frame the landscape.

Welcome to La Havane!

The quiet streets and villas of the La Havane district take you back to the 1900s when the industrial town dreamt of travel.

Step into a totally different Saint-Nazaire from the modern town you knew. The district is quite as it was in the late 19th century when its inhabitants were shipyard engineers, wealthy merchants, sea captains or Loire pilots. Notice the seafront streets named after La Havane, Santander and Veracruz.