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French honour Guernsey tourist attraction

French honour Guernsey tourist attraction
23 Jul 2013

Victor Hugo's Hauteville House residence in Guernsey has been designated a Maison des Illustres ('illustrious house') by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The 'Les Miserables' author lived there for 15 years during his political exile from France in the 19th century and he also wrote 'Toilers of the Sea' while in residence there. 

Hauteville House, which is owned by the City of Paris, has become one of only three buildings outside France to have been given the accolade, which recognises its cultural value. 

Literary buffs keen to get an insight into Hugo's life can visit Hauteville House in the capital St Peter Port between April and September at a cost of £7 and explore all three floors of this grand building. 

Conservative on the outside, Inside Hauteville Hugo's eccentricity is revealed by features such as a door used as the dining room table, secret doors and trick mirrors. ADNFCR-408-ID-801615524-ADNFCR

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