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  • 1 Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    135 quai du Commerce F - 62100 Calais

    The buildings of the Boulart factory - which housed 80 tulle and lace looms until the beginning of the 20C - have been extended by an astonishing steel and glass structure, designed by the architects Moatti and Rivière, where you will see screen prin..

  • 2 Burghers of Calais monument Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Soldat-Inconnu F - 62100 Calais

    This work by Rodin, the only sculpture exhibited during the lifetime of the artist, was unveiled in June 1895 on the site of the town's old fortifications. These six full-size bronze effigies, haughty, tense, full of life and emotion, with their musc..

  • 3 Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Soldat-Inconnu F - 62100 Calais

    Built in the 20C in the Flemish style of the 15C, it has a massive belfry, 75m high. The main staircase is lit by a stained-glass window commemorating the departure of the English.

  • 4 Calais' Fine Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    25 r. Richelieu F - 62100 Calais

    The museum presents works executed by Rodin in connection with The Burghers of Calais monument, including 24 models - plaster, terracotta and bronze - illustrating the artist's preparatory work. Nearby is a 1:10 scale model of Anthony Caro's Chapel o..

  • 5 Calais' Church of Notre-Dame

    Religious buildings

    1 r. Croy F - 62100 Calais

    Built in the 14C, during the English occupation. The wedding of Captain de Gaulle to a young lady from Calais took place here in 1921.

  • 6 Guet Tower of Calais

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 62100 Calais

    Standing on the Place d'Armes is the 13C tour du Guet (watchtower) which, in wartime, kept a lookout for enemy action and, in peacetime, for fires. In the 19C, it was used as a lighthouse.

  • 7 Beach and West Jetty of Calais

    Nature and gardens

    Avenue Raymond-Poincaré F - 62100 Calais

    A sea wall promenade runs along this fine-sand beach with lovely traditional huts. In a down-to-earth atmosphere, families meet, with the ferries at the quayside in the background. In the distance, Cap Blanc-Nez (east side) and the cliffs of England.

  • 8 Louis-XVIII Column

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de la Colonne-Louis-XVIII F - 62100 Calais

    The column commemorates King Louis XVIII's landing in Calais after the fall of Napoleon in 1814.

  • 9 Statue of Jacquard

    Museums and art

    bd Jacquard F - 62100 Calais

    This was the fate of the inventor of the weaving loom equipped with perforated cards, named after him.

  • 10 Risban Fort

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Mer F - 62100 Calais

    Built in the 16C at the harbour entrance, on the site of an ancient English tower.

  • 11 1939-1945 Remembrance Museum

    Museums and art

    Parc St-Pierre F - 62100 Calais

    In a bunker used by the Germans as a telephone exchange from 1940 to 1945, the Musée Mémoire houses a remarkable collection of weapons, uniforms, objects and documents illustrating the occupation of Calais, the Battle of Britain and the French Resist..

  • 12 Courgain Maritime Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd des Alliés F - 62100 Calais

    Le Courgain, a charming area of Calais inhabited by sailors, was rebuilt after the war. On the quayside of the Colonne Louis XVIII, there are lively scenes around the series of booths where fish is sold in the morning. Each one bears the name of the ..

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