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Hôtel de Ville, Beffroi et Places d'Arras

Historic place (ARRAS)

By the end of the Great War, after suffering almost constant shelling from 1914 to 1917, Arras was in ruins and a 'martyred city'. It was decided that its prominent features, such as the bell tower, the town hall and the facades of the houses bordering the main square, should be rebuilt as faithfully as possible to the originals. Using a mixture of reinforced concrete and stone facing, architect Pierre Paquet managed to restore much of the rich architectural heritage of Arras.