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The sculptures - The Burghers of Calais- by Auguste Rodin
France has its national heroes such as Vercingetorix, Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, Georges Clemenceau, Charles de Gaulle, and many others. In contrast, the city of Calais has its own unique heroes - the six burghers. These were six wealthy gentlemen who accepted the humiliation of the King of England at the time to spare their fellow citizens. In their honor, the city of the Opal Coast commissioned statues by Rodin, one of the greatest French sculptors of all time.
Discover The Burghers of Calais
Your journey in Calais will lead you to the awe-inspiring bronze group erected in front of the town hall. The Burghers of Calais is the most photographed monument in the Pas-de-Calais department and is one of the must-see sights in Haut-de-France. Visitors are fascinated by these unique and artistically priceless works of art. To understand the story behind these emblematic figures, one needs to delve into the annals of history during the early years of the Hundred Years' War.
A Glimpse into the Past
In September 1346, Edward III of England laid siege to the city of Calais. The city's garrison, led by Knight Jean of Vienna, resisted the onslaught of the English ruler. Eleven months of relentless siege wore down the residents of Calais, who were starved and deprived of necessities. Feeling abandoned by the French royal troops, they began to negotiate their surrender.
Edward III, exasperated by their resistance, presented his conditions: the city's most prominent citizens were to present themselves to him barefoot, clothed only in their shirts, with ropes around their necks, carrying the city's key. Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Jean d'Aire, Pierre and Jaques de Wissant, Jean de Fiennes, and Andrieu d'Andres took upon themselves this burden, walking towards the King so that their fellow Calaisians could live. Queen Philippa de Hainaut, wife of Edward III, convinced her husband to spare the lives of the six Burghers.
In memory of their sacrifice, the city of Calais commissioned the renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin to create a statue that depicted the six men marching towards their fate. The work, unveiled in 1895, has become one of Rodin's most famous and artistically significant pieces. As part of our tour service, we can guide you to these inspiring sculptures and many other city monuments.
The International City of Lace and Fashion
Exploring Calais takes you on a historical journey in the extreme north of France. Among the many notable attractions in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the International City of Lace and Fashion stands out. It's a significant center of this exceptional craft, a museum that traces the history and evolution of lace-making. This is a chance for you to understand this industry, whose products are highly sought after in fine lingerie, clothing, home furnishings, and decor. Children and adults alike will be able to learn about all the lace-making techniques and various looms used in the process.
The seven-story building offers diverse pathways from the history of lace made with the spindle and needle, to that made with mechanical machines, and the history of the evolution of lace-making in Calais. The visit also features a lace-making demonstration, a display of lace use around the world, and an exhibition of contemporary creations.
Information about the City
The International City of Lace and Fashion is a museum worth visiting. It is housed in a former 19th-century lace factory, the Boulart factory, which has been renovated and refurbished, including a glass and steel extension by architects Alain Moatti and his partner Henri Rivière.
The collections displayed at the site consist of underwear, dresses, coats, draperies, and more. You'll also find two gigantic weaving machines, each 4.5 meters long. The interactive displays and hands-on activities are suitable for both children and adults. You can do these activities solo or with your family. Don't forget to step into the 3D booth for your measurements. Your visit helps to promote and safeguard this aspect of French cultural heritage.
Our primary service is airport-to-hotel transport, but we can also drop you off at the International City of Lace and Fashion. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore this unique cultural destination in Calais.
The Church of Notre Dame de Calais
Notre Dame de Calais is a unique heritage building in the city. It's the only old church in Calais and uniquely built in the English Tudor architectural style. Constructed in 1214, this building takes you on an 800-year journey through history, bearing witness to significant events from the Hundred Years War to the digital age, including the French Revolution and the Second World War.
A Brief History of the Church
The construction of the church began in 1214 under the direction of Adrien de Wissant and was established as a parish ten years later. After Calais was captured in 1347, Notre-Dame was attached to the Archbishopric of Canterbury by the King of England, Edward III.
In the 17th century, after Calais was returned to France, the church was extended with an axial chapel, the chapel of the Virgin, to accommodate more worshippers. During the revolution, it was transformed into a temple dedicated to the cult of reason before being returned to the Christian faith in 1802.
The church's bell tower crumbled in 1944 after an accidental bombing by allied forces. Subsequent restorations occurred in 1963-1973 (nave and bell tower), 1976-1978, and then in 2001 (when stained glass was created by master glassmaker Lardeur) and 2002-2013 (choir, altarpiece, and chapel).
Why Visit Notre Dame de Calais?
A high point of tourism on the Opal Coast, the Church of Notre Dame de Calais has much to offer. It boasts the most beautiful altarpiece in Europe, made of marble and magnified by the painting of Seghers and 12 alabaster statues representing Charlemagne and the evangelists such as Saint Mark and Saint John. The latest renovation has brought this work to life again.
Also notable is the re-populated garden, featuring a specially scented rose variety selected by landscape painter and historian Caroline Holmes and cultivated by English nurseryman Richard Beales. Other roses include the Notre-Dame rose (cream color) and Louis Francia rose (purple color).
A family walk around and inside this monument is essential when visiting Calais. We can provide a day rental service for your convenience and exploration.
Stay at the Hôtel Particulier Richelieu
Nestled in the city center of Calais and overlooking a lush green landscape, Hôtel Particulier Richelieu offers an inviting haven for relaxation and leisurely strolls.
Hotel Facilities and Services
Designed to cater to all your comfort needs, each room in the hotel flaunts a unique decor with a refreshing airiness. Spread across three floors (note: there is no lift), rooms offer views of either the courtyard or the garden. Benoît GRANCIER, the owner, has adorned each room with furniture and lights sourced from regional second-hand dealers, preserving a vintage ambiance.
Ideal for families, the hotel also offers interconnected rooms. Kickstart your day with an extra-special breakfast buffet, served in a room that opens out to the enchanting Richelieu garden. The hotel provides private parking on-site for an additional daily charge, though street parking is also available for free. Other guest conveniences include luggage storage.
The Hôtel Particulier Richelieu, a small and charming hotel, is located in proximity to popular monuments such as the Watchtower, the City of Lace, the Museum of Fine Arts, Rodin's famous Six Bourgeois, and Fort Risban. Just a short walk away is the renowned Calais beach.
For nature lovers, a detour to Parc St Pierre and Parc Richelieu offers scenic beauty that's worth your time. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind at the hotel bar. For a romantic escape, Hôtel Particulier Richelieu's close proximity to the beach and the stunning Opal Coast makes it an ideal choice.
Calais beach : what to do ?
If you find yourself in Calais, it's a must to take advantage of the beautiful beaches it offers. Particularly in the summer, it's the go-to spot for both locals and tourists alike. With a plethora of activities available, there are countless ways to enjoy a delightful day on the sandy shores.
Dive into the Blue Sea
When temperatures rise, there's no better place to cool down than on the beach. The inviting waters of Calais beach are perfect for a refreshing swim, or simply to dip your toes in and unwind.
Relax and Unwind on the Sandy Shores
The beach of Calais provides an idyllic setting for relaxation. Soak up the sun, perfect your tan, or simply lie back on the soft sands. Strolling along the coast is an equally enticing option, particularly as the evening draws in. Let the rhythmic sound of the waves carry your cares away and guarantee your escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Engage in Exciting Beach Sports
For those who love a little competition, Calais beach offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports. From beach volleyball courts to impromptu games of beach soccer, there's something for everyone. This friendly beach provides the perfect backdrop for fun-filled family outings or a day of activities with friends.
Playgrounds for the Little Ones
While the adults enjoy the beach in their own ways, the little ones won't be left out. A safe and enjoyable playground is available for children, complete with various forms of entertainment. Here, they can make new friends and enjoy a play-filled day in the sun. A day at Calais beach is a treat for all ages, ensuring a memorable holiday for everyone.
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Calais is a port city located in the department of Pas-de-Calais. Dennlys Park is 59.7 km from Calais while The Blockhaus at Eperlecques is 34.5 km away. For the distance from Calais to Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport there is 263.9 km distance and Orly Airport is 302.6 km.