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Les Places

Historic place (ARRAS)

Spoken languages : anglais, allemand

This unique ensemble of 155 houses with Flemish-Baroque-style façades came into being in the 16th century. At that time, a royal edict of Philip II decreed a prohibition to "build in the city of Arras, unless the walls are made of stone or brick and do not protrude onto the streets at all". This edict was issued not just for safety reasons but also for the sake of beautifying the city. In order to meet the requirements of these new constraints, many houses with narrow façades were built in line with each other, facing the squares, which resulted in more businesses with a "storefront".


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