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  • 1 Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Citadelle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    Visitors can take a boat trip around the Port-Est (east port) from the bassin du Commerce, taking in the tug base, workshops, locks, textile warehouses, sugar terminal, refinery and oil wharfs and the power station, etc. If you are on foot, visit the..

  • 2 Fine Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    Painting collections from the 16C to the 20C (from Largillière to Soulages!) and documents relating to the history of the town. In the entrance hall is a panel composed of 540 Delft tiles, representing the harbour under canon fire in 1695.

  • 3 Musée Portuaire Interesting

    Museums and art

    9 quai de la Citadelle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    This museum retraces the history of Dunkirk and its port. Thirty or so models are on display, representing an impressive array of vessels ranging from schooners, outrigger trawlers and three-masters from the 18C to giant, modern super tankers. Three ..

  • 4 Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Charles-Valentin F - 59140 Dunkerque

    A profusion of towers, pinnacles and statues: they were generous with the Renaissance style in 1901! Have a glance at the hall, lit by a stained-glass window by Félix Gaudin, representing the return of Jean Bart after his victory at Texel.

  • 5 Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Dunes

    Religious buildings

    1 pl. de la Petite-Chapelle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    The statue represents Notre-Dame-des-Dunes, venerated by sailors.

  • 6 Church of St Eloi

    Religious buildings

    2 r. Clemenceau F - 59140 Dunkerque

    The present church was built in the 16C and remodelled in the 19C, hence its Neo-Gothic façade. It has strange proportions due to the removal of the transept. The size of the five naves, the radiating chapel apse, the stained-glass windows by the mas..

  • 7 Place Jean-Bart

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Jean-Bart F - 59140 Dunkerque

    The pirate's statue standing in the square is by David d'Angers (1848).

  • 8 Place du Minck

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Minck F - 59140 Dunkerque

    A visit to the fish market is a must, with the hustle and bustle of the crowd buying salt cod, cod, sole or kippers - the Flemish speciality.

  • 9 Rosendael

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue de Rosendael F - 59140 Dunkerque

    Like the quartier Excentric, this district still has the atmosphere of a fishing village in days gone by: brewers' residences and small wooden houses in rue des Pêcheurs.

  • 10 Malo-les-Bains Aquarium-Museum

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    45 av. du Casino F - 59240 Dunkerque

    150 species, some from the North Sea, are presented in 21 aquariums.

  • 11 Church of St John the Baptist of Malo-les-Bains

    Religious buildings

    Place Robert-Pringent F - 59140 Malo-les-Bains

    A church built in 1962 in the form of a ship's bows, a wooden steeple next to it, resembling a mast: the North Sea is on its doorstep!

  • 12 Dunkirk

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Am.-Ronarc'h F - 59140 Dunkerque

    A fine brick construction dating from the 13C, given extra height in 1440. It was used as the bell-tower for St-Eloi's church. Its 48-bell peal honours the «King's official pirate» on the hour and plays other popular tunes on the quarters.

  • 13 Leughenaer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Leughenaer F - 59140 Dunkerque

    This octagonal tower was one of 28 towers comprising the Burgundy fortifications which encircled the town in the 14C. Why the name? Because they used to light signals here to trick enemy ships.

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