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Beffroi de Saint-Eloi


  • UNESCO World Heritage

Spoken languages : anglais, allemand, néerlandais

The belfry of the ancient Saint-Eloi church is a massive square tower of yellow ochre brick. It has a Romanesque base, while the upper part is decorated with arcades in more of a Gothic style. Standing 58 metres tall, it served as a watchtower until 1940. It's easy to visit all six floors because there's a lift to take you part of the way up. This lift goes up to a carillon of about fifty bells that chimes the city's anthem, "La Cantante a Jean Bart", every hour. Then, there are about sixty stairs to get to the top, where you'll find a panoramic platform. There's a fantastic view from this terrace over Dunkirk and its surroundings.


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