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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 Fine Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    25 r. Richelieu F - 62100 Calais

    Fine collections of sculpture (notably Rodin's preparatory sketches for the Burghers of Calais monument, and also works by Carpeaux, Bourdelle and Maillol) but mostly paintings, including contemporary art (Dubuffet, Fautrir, Arp).

  • 4 Town Hall

    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.

  • 5 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

    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. The inhabitants of Calais stood on its platform to watch the ..

  • 7 Beach and West Jetty

    Nature and gardens

    Avenue Raymond-Poincaré F - 62100 Calais

    There is a sea-wall promenade running along the beautiful, fine-sand beach. From the jetty, there is a fine view of the port, still as active, despite the construction of the Channel Tunnel. In the distance, on the right, Cap Blanc-Nez.

  • 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. Nearby stands another monument in homage to the lifeboat men of Calais.

  • 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 War Museum

    Museums and art

    Parc St-Pierre F - 62100 Calais

    A remarkable collection of weapons, uniforms, interesting objects and documents evoking the occupation of Calais, the Battle of Britain and the Resistance movement.

  • 12 Courgain

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd des Alliés F - 62100 Calais

    This charming sailors' quarter symbolised by the Paradise basin hollowed-out in the 12 C situated opposite the building called «the stew», is architecturally designed to resist storms. Set further back the lighthouse was erected in 1848 to replace th..

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