l'Hotel de Ville de Calais, Calais

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Built in the Flemish Renaissance style between 1911 and 1925, to commemorate the unification of the cities of Calais and Saint Pierre in 1885, l'Hotel de Ville de Calais is one of the most elegant landmarks in the city. It dominates the town center at Place du Soldat Inconnu. The ornate 74 m (24 -ft) clock tower and belfry can be seen from sea; they chime throughout the day and have been protected by UNESCO since 2005, as part of a series of historic belfries across the region. The hall has stained glass windows, numerous paintings, and exquisite decor. Make l'Hotel de Ville de Calais a part of your Calais vacation plans using our Calais day trip planning app.
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  • We had a lovely visit to the belfry where we had an amazing and interesting tour (well worth the mere 3 euros pp!) about the history of Calais and the architecture of the building. The tour guide...  more »
  • Attractive building worth seeing inside/ Take the stairs or lift to the belfry to get wonderful views of Calais.  more »
  • Amazing building with an impressive clock tower. You can go up to the first floor for free and view the rooms and for a small charge (€5 per adult and €2 per child) you can even go up the bell tower. A great building to look round
  • Baroque Style of Building with a park and museum nearby. Interesting architecture and story of the Les Bourgeois de Calais where the English invaded and Calais became a part of England in 1347. Six dignitaries were put up for execution to spare the entire town from mass slaughter by King Edward 111. A Rodin statue exist outside depicting the six men with ropes around their necks. You can go into the belfry but unfortunately when I visited it wasn’t open.

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