Lo is the capital of Manche department of Normandy in NW
France. St Lo is an agricultural centre and has famous
horse stables. Wood products, plaster, and clothing are manufactured.
An old Gallo-Roman town, Saint-Lo was a medieval fortress
and was the scene of a massacre of Huguenots in the 16th century.
Saint-Lo is an important crossroads with roads to Britanny
(Rennes), Lower-Normandy (Coutances, Cherbourg) and eastern Normandy
(Isigny, Caen) converging there. Saint Lo is a lovely
little town about 60 miles south of Cherbourg. The Memorial de
la Madeleine originally dates back to the 12th Century is the
only remaining building of a much bigger establishment known,
in the ancient times, under the name of "La Madeleine Leper-Hospital".
Normandy gets its name from the Viking Norsemen who
sailed up the River Seine in the 9th century and colonized the
area, making Rouen their capital. Normandy has large ports with
important transatlantic trade, whilst inland it is overwhelmingly
agricultural. The image of Normandy is one of a lush, tranquil,
pastoral region of apple orchards, contented cattle, Calvados
and Camembert. There are ancient picturesque ports such as Honfleur
to visit, seaside resorts with elegant promenades, splendid centuries-old
half-timbered manor houses lining quiet countryside lanes and
extrordinary Romanesque and Gothic architectural treasures.