Driving Holidays to Boulogne sur Mer
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France’s premier fishing port at the mouth of the River Liane, offers the freshest catches in this attractive Channel-port town that is a treat for shoppers looking for something different from the hypermarkets up the coat at Calais. Unlike Calais, the historic heart of Boulogne emerged unscathed from World War II, although the port and much of the lower town was devastated by bombs.
Notre-Dame CathedralThe imposing Italian-style dome of the cathedral, which is the biggest in Europe after St. Peters in Rome, dominates the town, yet step inside and you find an air of tranquility. Rebuilt in the 19th-century to symbolize the revival of French Catholicism.
Castle & MuseumBuilt in the 13th-century as a stronghold for the Count of Boulogne, this beautiful castle has been restored as a museum with a fascinating collection of antiques and memorabilia of medieval military history from around the world.
Nausicaa AquariumThe national sea centre on Boulogne’s quayside tries to understand the human interaction with the sea and the need to preserve aquatic life. It imaginatively tries to recreate the various habitats of the marine world.
Museum of San Martin the LiberatorThis is the house where the famous liberator, Saint Martin, ended his life in exhile. Owned by the government of Argentina, this museum is dedicated to the life and work of their national hero. (not shown).
BelfryOriginally the donjon to the castle this belfry was constructed at the end of the 12th-century. Its main function was to house the bell, marking many events in civil life. Perpare yourself and take a climb to the top of its 183 steps. (not shown).
La CoupoleIn a village called Helfaut you will find the enormous underground bunker houses, constructed by the germans in 1943. This clever museum shows how bombs were constructed, along with many explanations an all aspects of the war.