Driving holidays to Cambrai
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Many areas in Nord Pas de Calais were touched by the two World Wars but none so more than Cambrai that was the location for the world’s first ever tank battle. The city experienced extreme damage to its buildings and structures but over the years a great deal of effort and passion has been focused to completely rebuild, which was required at the cathedral, and to restore, as seen at the main town hall.
Museum of Fine ArtsThis building houses one of the largest museums in the area and is home to a huge collection of artefacts and models tracing the history of the town as well as a fine selection of 16th to 18th-century paintings. (not shown).
Town HallHôtel de Ville was rebuilt in a neo-classical style, with imposing columns. The clock is home to the town’s two oldest residents, Martin and Martine (mechanical human figures). Make sure to visit as the clock strikes on the hour. (not shown).
Notre Dame CathedralOur Lady of Cambrai in the 11th century was an abbey, becoming a Temple de la Raison during the revolution and in 1801 the diocese made it a cathedral. Architecturally imposing with impressive stained glass windows. (not shown).
The BelfryOriginally the bell tower for the church of Saint Martin, this site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most impressive buildings in Cambrai. Starting life in a gothic style in the 15th-century.
Betises de CambraiTour this famous sweet factory. A ‘bêtise’ is a mistake. Story tells an apprentice made an error in production but that customer liked it and it is now an infamous product of Cambrai. You can taste some samples and visit the shop.
Church of St GeryThis baroque style building is one of the most beautiful churches in the region, where the crowning feature is an outstanding 26 metre high canopy resting on four stone columns of Tournai and a 76 meter tall tower.
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