Driving holidays to Calais
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Calais is the port where many British tourists start their journey in France, whether arriving by ferry or on Eurostar. Few realise that Calais has much more to offer than the renowned discount hypermarkets and familiar stores that have likened it to the ‘Eastenders of France’, or that Calais has a rich historical and cultural heritage, visible in the variety of architecture, such as Eglise Notre Dame or at the museums.
City Hall and BelfryThe buildings, UNESCO World Heritage classified, were constructed in the 15th century. The spectacular Belfry, is 240ft high and renowned for the most beautiful bell sound in northern France. In front is the famous statue of the Six Burghers.
Eglise Notre DameArchitecurally, this church is a mismatch. Started in the 13th-century with Flemish masons, but not completed until the 14th-century in English occupation and is the only English Gothic-style church. It is where Charles de Gualle married. (not shown).
Fine Art MuseumThis museum is dedicated to fine arts, exhibiting modern and contemporary pieces alongside prestigious sculptures, and recently introduced a collection about the history of lace-making that Calais is famous. (not shown).
Musee de la GuerreOriginally a German Communications Bunker, now houses a museum focusing on the occupation and liberation of Western France. Newspaper cuttings, photos, uniforms and models bring the events to life. (not shown).
WatchtowerThe Watchtower, in the market place of ‘Place d’Armes’is 35meter high. Thought to be one of the oldest monuments in the city, it was the centre of a medieval castle. Built to defend Calais, its survived earthquakes, fire and two World Wars.
Le Phare LighthouseFound in the Old Harbour, the Lighthouse dates back from 1848, being constructed to replace the old Watchtower. This 58 meter high structure boasts 271 spiral steps and if you make the ascent you will be awarded with picturesque views.
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