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Honfleur is a town in France’s Lower Normandy region located on the southern bank of the Seine estuary, across from Le Havre. It is known for its picturesque port and slate fronted houses which have often been painted by notable artists such as Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind. These artists formed the ‘Honfleur School’ that contributed to the arrival of the Impressionist movement.
Honfleur of a place of extreme strategic significance during the Hundred Years War and was fortified by Charles V. Despite this it was captured by the English for periods in 1357 and between 1419 – 1450. When in French possession the town was used to launch raiding parties against the English coast, one of which partially destroyed the English town of Sandwich. After the Hundred Years War the town experienced a boom in maritime trading which continued until the 18th century, disturbed only by the war of Religions in the 16th century.