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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sainte-Mere-Eglise boasts being the first town liberated by the Allies in the days leading up to D-Day. In truth, others municipalities lay similar claims, distinguishing themselves merely by what they call their town/village/hamlet, etc. Still, the story of SME's liberation is incredible and one of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LBGansfam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have seen the movie "The Longest Day", this is the church where an American paratrooper got stuck on the steeple. The stained glass window in very impressive. Nice place to start the tour of the D-Day locations.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank James M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In Sainte Mere Eglise on D-Day, the 6th of June 1944, the allies, as part of the invasion of Normandy, dropped paratroopers into this little village. The fighting was fierce around the little church in the centre of the village. One paratrooper had his parachute...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank danks44
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the church as part of D Day tour. Although the paratrooper is hanging from the wrong side of the church tower it will put the event into context. The inside of the church is very peaceful with a stunning stain glass window depicting the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DiggoryLondon
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the whole history and stories of what took place here in June 1944 including the parachutists accident getting caught on the tower but surviving. Great story and well worth the time not lease he’s still there hanging!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank RoryAtkins
Reviewed October 1, 2019

The paratrooper who was trapped on the church steeple for hours is reproduced on the St-Mere-Eglise church. Just like in the "Longest Day" movie. But don't miss the inside of the church too. It is quaint and, oddly, it had a very soothing effect. There...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Priscilla J
Reviewed October 1, 2019

This church became famous because of its role in the move The Longest Day. It's well worth seeing in person, though. Read the history and tour the church. The stained glass windows commemorating D-Day are fantastic.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Kgirl00
Reviewed September 15, 2019

82nd Airborne Division drop zone made famous in The longest Day film where Red Buttons as a paratrooper was stuck on the Church's steeple.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank R G
Reviewed September 13, 2019 via mobile

Made famous by the longest day, the parachutist still hangs on the church, albeit on the wrong side. The main things to see however are the beautiful stained glass windows.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Duane F
Reviewed September 10, 2019 via mobile

75 years ago...The heart of the jump zones of the 82nd Airborne Division where John Steele landed with his shute in the bell tower of the church during Operation Overlord. You should really pay a visit to this beautiful little village.

Date of experience: September 2019
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