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Belfry (ARRAS)

  • UNESCO World Heritage

Spoken languages : anglais, allemand

The belfry of Arras is a 75-metre tall tower built in the High-Gothic style. It looks like it was built in the 15th century, but its structure is, in fact, made of reinforced concrete. The original building was annihilated by bombs during the First World War. What you see now is a faithful reconstruction, using modern materials and techniques, masked by an outside cladding of stone that reutrns it to its former glory. The imperial crown of Charles V, ruler of the Netherlands, adorns the top of the belfry; a reminder that the county of Artois used to belong to the Holy Roman Empire. Every quarter of an hour, the carillon rings out a different jingle, and from the summit you can marvel at the magnificent panoramic views over Arras and the surrounding countryside.


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