A major port for centuries, and the historic gate from France to England, Calais has not always been in the news for the right reasons. Many people rushing on their way to Paris or most scenic spots in northern France. But if you have an open mind there is plenty to keep you busy.
Calais’ city hall has a bell tower 75 meters high, part of a UNESCO site straddling the French and Belgian border, consisting of towers in the old Duchy of Burgundy and the historic county of Flanders.
It may seem historical from a distance, but actually is the 20th century, designed in a renaissance style.
Inside you can see models of the port of Calais working, and also can take an elevator to the observation deck on the steeple of long range views.
2. Burghers of Calais
Before the City on the edge of the Parc Saint-Pierre is one of the most famous works of Auguste Rodin.
It premiered in 1895 and was designed to honor the self-sacrifice of six of Calais’ leaders after a siege a year from 1346 to 1347, which was part of the 100 Years War.
When he finally gave up Calais, Edward III promised the people of the village would be spared if six burghers agreed to submit to it, so they assumed it would be execution.
3. La Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode
City of Lace and Fashion reveals the past and present of lace-making.
The museum is located in one of the last collective lace factories Calais’, created in the 1870s.
By 1902 there were 80 looms in operation here, and such was the weight and power of these machines iron and steel, the walls of the building U-shaped had to slope outward to serve as a counterweight.
The galleries have 3320 machine parts and fashion handmade lace over the years, with collections of designers like Iris van Herpen and Cristobal Balenciaga.
4. Musée de la Guerre de Calais
At the entrance you will get to understand how it could have escaped bomb damage in the war, since the structure is completely enveloped by the foliage of the park in summer.
When Calais was taken the Canadian Forces attack the bunker used flamethrowers in their assault.
The bunker was a communication center for the entire north-western France, built in 1941, and now has 21 galleries with artifacts, photographs, uniforms and newspaper clippings.
posted warnings and propaganda posters shed some light on life in Calais during the occupation.
5. Calais Lighthouse
53 meter high lighthouse of the city was completed in 1848 and also managed to escape damage in the Second World War.
The main attraction is at the top, where on a clear day you can see the white cliffs of Dover.
That it has already provided quick you’re not feeling, because you have to climb 271 steps to get there.
In the adjoining building a small detour museum that tells about the old lighthouse keepers who worked here until 1987, and there are maps illustrating carcass weight of traffic passing through every day.