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- In the Middle Ages the town was sacked or burned down repeatedly in the course of the wars between Normandy and France. In 1940 it was bombed by German aircraft, and the centre of the town burned for nearly a week. In 1944 the area around the railway station was devastated by Allied bombing.
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Évreux is an episcopal see with one of the largest cathedrals in France, on which much restoration work has been done because of damage during World War II. Parts of the 12th- to 16th-century edifice have been preserved, including the Gothic choir and the Renaissance main facade.
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Évreux was heavily damaged during the Second World War, and most of its centre was rebuilt. The nearby Évreux-Fauville Air Base was used by the United States Air Force until 1967, and since then by the French Air Force . 12th-century nave of the former abbey church of Saint-Taurin Name
The stained glass windows were destroyed during World War II but were restored in 1953.
Description Object description image: A rural landscape with the Iton river flowing under a bridge in the town of Évreux. In the middle ground are two armoured cars and a group of soldiers in a field. Behind them a convoy of military vehicles passes along a tree-lined road, with a tank mounted on a wheeled trailer at the end of the convoy.
During the war, the Germans improved the runways and other facilities. Later, they stationed Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters on the base. Évreux was heavily bombed and attacked by Allied fighters and bombers, especially those of the USAAF Eighth and Ninth Air Forces .