The Manoir d’Ango was built between 1530 and 1542 by the Dieppe ship-owner Jehan Ango. It is the work of Italian architects and artists. The southern wing of the manor includes a loggia and a gallery with four bays. The upper part of the south wing is decorated with frescoes by 16th century Italian artists. The entrance to Ango’s manor house is through a vaulted passage between two buildings, one of which has an octagonal tower. Local tradition says that from this tower Jehan Ango could observe his boats entering and leaving the port of Dieppe.

The Manoir d’Ango surrounds one of the largest dovecotes in the world which indicates by its size the power of the Viscount. King Francis 1st returned here about 1540 with his mistress Diane of Poitiers, wishing to show her “the most beautiful residence in Normandy”.

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