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The Château (Castle) and Musée de Dieppe (Museum)
Dieppe’s mediaeval castle stands on a cliff on the west side of town and provides excellent views across the coast. Built as a defence against the English, the oldest part of the building, the round tower, dates back to the 14th century. Housed within the Castle is the Musée de Dieppe, which includes a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including a valuable collection of ivory carvings, and others relating the history of Dieppe and its maritime heritage. Another permanent exhibition includes over 100 prints by Georges Braque, the co-originator of cubism, as well as works by other famous painters such as Pissarro, Renoir, Dufy, Sickert and Boudin.
Square du Canada
Standing in the centre of the Square du Canada is the Dieppe-Canada Monument, in recognition of the sailors who sailed from Dieppe to colonise Canada. The names of people and events, which have linked Canada and Normandy over the centuries have been recorded on the monument. Also mounted on the wall behind is a plaque that commemorates the Dieppe Raid (also known as Operation Jubilee), a disastrous raid that took place on 19th August 1942 by a force of Canadian and Scottish troops, which claimed over 3000 casualties.
Cité de la Mer (Museum of the Sea)
The Cité de la Mer will explain through a series of exhibitions and demonstrations the history of ship building and fishing, and the geology of the coastline. Attractions include the ‘bottomless’ aquarium, which is the deepest in Europe, a 10m vertical aquarium, 16 other aquariums, a touch pool; and Le Redoutable, the world’s largest submarine which is open to the public.