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  • 1 Boulogne-sur-Mer's fortified town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Résistance F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Surrounded by ramparts, the upper town stands on the site of the ol Roman castrum. This part of the own is very busy during the summer, as people stroll along the ramparts or through its streets dotted with monuments.

  • 2 Côte d'Opale Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Boulevard Sainte Beuve F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The Opal Coast extending between Boulogne and Calais forms a succession of dunes, dry valleys and craggy cliffs overlooking the Strait of Dover. The most spectacular part of the coastline, between the sea and the sky, is the Opal Coast bluff, where t..

  • 3 Nausicaa Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Boulevard Ste-Beuve F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Entertaining and educational, the National Sea Centre or Nausicaa - a reference to one of Homer's heroins in The Odyssey, teaches about the environment by getting to the heart of the matter with a voyage of initiation to the depths of the sea. The wa..

  • 4 Museum of Boulogne-sur-Mer Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 r. de Bernet F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    This strong polygonal building protects the most vulnerable part of the ramparts. The exhibition, spread over four floors, will introduce you to a varied collection, as you also admire the backdrop of the château interior: there are Egyptian and Gree..

  • 5 Maison de la Beurière Interesting

    Museums and art

    16 r. du Mâchicoulis F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    This folk museum is housed in one of the last period buildings (1870) still standing in the former seamen's neighbourhood, once known as "la Beurière", which was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombs during the Second World War. You c..

  • 6 Port de Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Gambetta F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The external port is protected by two sea walls (one 3,250 metres long). There is a travel and leisure port with a tidal basin and the Napoléon and Loubet basins are used by the larger fishing boats. The Gare Maritime and Quai Gambetta are very busy ..

  • 7 Beach

    Nature and gardens

    bd Ste-Beuve F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    En vogue from the start of the 19C, the beach emphasises its facilities for children and summer events. Sailing, sand yachting and speedsailing can be practised here.

  • 8 Tour Gayette

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Pipots F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    At the western corner of the ramparts, the Gayette Tower is a former gaol, where, in 1785, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Pierre-Ange Romain could be seen taking off in their balloon in their ill-fated attempt to cross the Channel; unfortunately..

  • 9 Boulogne-sur-Mer's Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    18 place de la Résistance F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The library is housed in the former Convent of the Annonciades. In the 17C buildings and the cloister are study rooms and exhibition spaces. The 18C chapel is now home to the main reading room and the lending library.

  • 10 Boulogne-sur-Mer's Law Courts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Résistance F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Statues of Charlemagne and Napoleon I stand on the neoclassical façade of these law courts, built in 1852.

  • 11 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Godefroy-de-Bouillon F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The town hall's delicate pink-brick façade with its 18C stone facing contrasts with the Gothic belfry. Beneath the roof you can make out the city's thousand-year-old coat of arms: a swan and three roundels (large three-dimensional balls).

  • 12 Hôtel Desandrouin

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Puits-d'Amour F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Between 1803 and 1811, Napoleon stayed in this Louis XVI style mansion on several occasions.

  • 13 Rue Guyale

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Guyale F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    This street has old bare stone façades. You will see the old merchants' guildhall and the back of the Convent of the Annonciades.

  • 14 Rue de Lille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Lille F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The oldest house in the town, dating back to the 12th C, stands at n° 58. To the left, the basilica of Notre-Dame.

  • 15 Église St-Nicolas

    Religious buildings

    Place Dalton F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Built between 1220 and 1250, the oldest church in Boulogne. Restored in the 16th and 18th C with a classical façade.

  • 16 Musée San Martin

    Museums and art

    113 Grande-Rue F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The "Libertador" José de San Martin lived here from 1848 until his death in 1850. The museum has several mementoes of this illustrious general who liberated his country (1816), Chile (1817) and Peru (1821) from Spanish rule.

  • 17 Monument de la Légion d'honneur

    Archaeological and historical sites

    D 940 F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    In 1804, Napoleon distributed a second round of medals to the Légion d'Honneur on this spot. 2,000 men received their crosses, dressed in shields and helmets by Du Guesclin and Bayard, in the presence of the Emperor, who sat on a throne in the spot n..

  • 18 Notre Dame Basilica, Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Religious buildings

    2 parvis Notre-Dame F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Inside the basilica, a major Corinthian colonnade supports the building. Behind the choir stall, there is a superb cupola with its large statues. Under the basilica, there is a maze of underground passages linking 14 rooms, including the treasury. Th..

  • 19 Belfry

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Godefroy-de-Bouillon F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    The 13C Gothic belfry with its 12C foundations is the old keep of the castle of the counts of Boulogne. It houses some antique furniture from the region and a fine stained-glass window depicting Godefroy de Bouillon, a member of the Maison de Boulogn..

  • 20 Ramparts of Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd du Prince F - 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Built in the early 13th C over the Gallo-Roman wall, the ramparts form a 325 x 410 metre rectangle with four gates flanked by two towers. The circuit that can be reached from each gate gives fine views over the town and bustling port. Four pedestrian..

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