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Cherbourg harbour

Work commenced on what is now the world’s largest artificial harbour in 1783, and it has steadily grown since - serving first merchant ships then acting as a strategic naval stronghold.

Work commenced on what is now the world’s largest artificial harbour in 1783, and it has steadily grown since - serving first merchant ships then acting as a strategic naval stronghold. Inevitably it has seen many battles, climaxing in 1944, and been refortified many times, to include a central dyke and three forts.

 

Cherbourg / Brix