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    Les Places (5) Specials

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 23, 2014

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    Les places: the marquets

    Many establishments (shops, bars and cafes ...) have their facades decorated with panels.

    All different, they reinforce the atmosphere from squares and give a distinct character to the arcades.

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    De nombreux établissements (magasins, bars et cafés ...) ont leurs facades agrémentées de panneaux.

    Tous différents, ils renforcent l'athmosphère des places et donnent un cachet particulier aux arcades.

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    Old name board. New name board All different Here one for local productions Name of a local beer ...and local language
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    Let's go for a walk

    by wandeljp Written Mar 12, 2014

    Let's go for a walk

    A little away from the city center, in the neighborhood of the citadel, several routes you will discover the surrounding countryside.

    I spotted two paths during my visit:

    The first has a length of 8 km and take 2:30 hours walk. It is mainly focused on the gardens and monuments.

    The second will take a good half-day (4:30 hours walk without stops). Much of the route follows the course of Grinchon, small local river with clear water. A good idea is to take the picnic!

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    Un peu à l'écart du centre ville, dans le quartier de la citadelle, plusieurs parcours vous ferons découvrir la campagne environnante.

    J'en ai repéré deux sentiers lors de mon passage:

    Le premier a une longueur de 8 km soit 2:30 heures de marche . Il est surtout axé sur les jardins et monuments.

    Le deuxième vous prendra une bonne demi-journée (4:30 heures de marche sans les arrêts) . Une bonne partie du parcours suit le cours du Grinchon , petite rivière locale aux eaux claires. Une bonne idée est d'emporter le pic nic !

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    Near the citadelle
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    The Belfry (2)

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 11, 2014

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    The Belfry

    Symbol of the city liberty, the belfry was also employed as a watching fire tower and clock tower .
    The Imperial crown at the summit is those of Charles Emperor who was the king of the Netherlands. Indeed, Arras was the capital of the Artois and was linked with the Netherlands then (great part of Belgium and North France also)
    In 1914 was the tower a good observation post for the French army to observe the front line situated at 3 km. Of course the Germans know it and shoot it down. In oktober 21th 1914 was the city liberty symbol reduce to ground zero.

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    Symbole de la liberté de la ville, le beffroi a également été utilisé comme une tour de guet de l'observation et de la tour de l'horloge.
    La couronne impériale au sommet sont ceux de Charles empereur qui était le roi des Pays-Bas. En effet, Arras est la capitale de l'Artois et a lier avec les Pays-Bas, puis (grande partie de la Belgique et Nord de la France aussi)
    En 1914, la tour était un bon poste d'observation pour l'armée française pour regarder la ligne de front située à 3 km. Bien sûr, les Allemands le savent et l'abattre. Le 21 oktober 1914 ce qui était le symbole de la liberté de la ville fût detruit jusqu'au niveau du sol.

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    Belfry with the cityhall
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    Les Places (4)

    by wandeljp Updated Jan 9, 2012

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    Les places: the markets

    Al around the PLaces (principaly on place des Heros, the little one) you find shops and caffes.
    For eating and drinking, there is not any problem.

    Some are situated in cellar. They are very big al around. In 1914 was made place for plenty of soldiers, with hospital and infirmery...

    Local name for the cellars : Les Boves.

    Tourist office organice visits.

    Grand Place Fun on the Place des Heros (Anne-Marie)
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    Musée des Beaux-Arts

    by Mikebond Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Fine Arts Museum of Arras is located inside the abbaye de Saint-Vaast. It shows the history of the town from the Gallo-Roman period to the 19th century.
    The opening times are: 9.30-12 and14-17.30; on Thursdays 9.30-17.30. Close on Tuesdays.

    the entrance of the museum
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    Beaux arts Museum.

    by wandeljp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Beaux-Arts Museum

    The museum shows differents collections: Archeology, Middle age, peint: most "important" are french , flamich and holland ones.

    Important collections ceramiques.

    Fame name are Eugene Delacroix, Guérin, Dutilleux, Corot and J Breton.

    The museum is located in the old abbey palace (1746-1783)
    Every day open from 9.30 til 12.00 am and 2.00 til 5.30 pm Closed on thuesday.

    Abbey palace.
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    Place des Heros & Grand Place

    by Applelyn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It dates back to the 11th century with 1600s Flemish-Baroque houses. Look out for their sandstone columns unique in France. The Gothic hotel, Hotel de Ville and the town hall was destroyed during WWI but was rebuilt after the war. You can take the lift to the top of the 75m belfry to have a view of Arras. It will cost about 2.30 euros for adult and 1.60 euros for students. You can also have a tour of the souterrains(cellars that run under place de Heros which were converted to command posts) to have feel of WWI. It will cost you about 4.40euros(A) and 2.40(C). Today, place des heros is the commercial centre of Arras.

    Hotel de Ville, Grand Place and Place de Heros Hotel de Ville, Grand Place and Place de Heros
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    Carriere Wellington

    by Kettleman Written Sep 16, 2010

    A superb museum opened recently made in the tunnels under Arras occupied by the Allies during WW1.

    The tour is led and using audiovisual and other modern devices tells the story of their lives in the tunnels and the subsequent attack on the German lines that was the turning point on this part of the Western Front.

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    Wellington Quarry Museum

    by cochinjew Written Mar 13, 2008

    Memorial to Battle of Arras 9 april 1917
    During the middle ages, these quarries were used to obtain linestone, chalk for buildings in Arras. Starting around the 15th century, abandoned in the 19th century. Resurrected in 1916. In One week in 1917 used to launch the assault on the Germans and that may have sealed the fate of the Germans.
    24 000 soldiers were billettedin these caves, when the surrounding town of Arras had only 60 000 people
    on april 9th, at 5 am in the morning even before their tea, the soldiers poured out of the quarries and attacked the superior german positions and gunfire, and marched 14 km into the german held lands. they rested on the 11th which might have been a mistake since it gave the germans a time to recoup and gather more troups with which they plundered the commonwealth troups for the next year or so.. until may 1917, on the average, 4000 soldiers yes four thousand soldiers died PER DAY. then a stalemate followed until 1918 and the treaty of versailles was signed on november 11, 1918, letting France Free
    The soldiers were mainly from UK, Australia, NZ and India but i am sure that there were others from other commonwealth countries such as RSA, Rhodesia of that time
    This followed the Chantilly pact between the French and the British: General Nivelle and General Haig respectively.

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    An other castle: Bours

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Bours Castle

    Proud, indestructible, a such guard it takes care on this beautiful village, nested in his bosky bower.

    That stories it could tell us, crossing the fury of the men and time...

    Guided tours for the groups on go.

    The guided tours are free, they last of 1 hour with 1h15.

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    Fier, indestructible à l'ombre des arbres centenaire et garant de la sécurité de se beau village.

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    Bours Castle Bours Castle Detail inside Other detail
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    Gauchin-Legal: legend !!!!!!!!!!

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Gauchin-Le-Gal

    The “gal” is an ovoid sandstone of form attached by a chain to a borne Le Gal to Gauchin to the center of the village.

    According to the legend, it was going formerly to strike the night with the door of the husbands misled.

    This is why an American officer Henry Selden Bacon, amused by this history, estimated that this gal had too much roved at the time of the First World War and decided on its sequence in 1925!

    The nave of the church dates from the XVI ème century.

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    Le "gal" est une pierre de forme ovale attachée par une chaine à une borne au centre de la place du village.

    Selon la légende elle allait la nuit frapper aux portes des maisons de femmes infidèles.
    C'est pourquoi un officier américain: Henry Selden Bacon, amusé par l'histoire, trouva qu'elle avait assez durée et l'attacha en 1925.

    La nef de l'église date du XVIème siècle.

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    le gal
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    Les Places (3)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Les places: the marquets

    The flamisch baroque style where preserved when after WWI, the reconstrution was begin in 1920.

    Only some houses where preserved from the bombs. Also the oldest one: from 1467 and situeted on number 49 from the grand Place. T

    his is the only one who has en other facade (see the pic)
    It is an hotel today.

    Hotel des 3 Luppars: the oldest house on the Place
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    Les Places (2)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Les places: the marquets

    The 2 markets be same 17.000 m2. In XVIth century the sherif decide the rules of urbanisme. But the fact that those rules goes on more than 200 years give the succesful result that you can see today.

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    Les deux places ont ensemble une superficie de 17000 m2. Au 15ème siècle on décide des règles d'urbanisme. Mais le fait qu'elles soient appliquées durant plus de 200 ans donne le resultat surprenant que nous pouvons admirer aujourd'hui.

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    The Grand Place (big market)
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    "Les Places"

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Les places: the marquets

    The place Des Heros and de Grand Place hare twoo marked in city center who's are an unique and amazing view: al the houses are so perfect build in the same style.

    The gallery's with al those colums, the facades, the way how the roof are build, and more and more ... make that you go back at the end of the 16th century. It's a pity that the cars may ride and park around. But, it's a big city so...

    There 155 houses , al differents but build in the same style.

    A smal street from one to the other
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    The city-hal

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    The city hal

    The construction is from 1502 to 1506 is gothic but the south side is from 1572 and is renaissance.The north face is Napoleon III style.

    Inside you can see the pics from WW I. Betweem 1914 and 1918 was Arras in the center of the horror. There was no many houses standing up in al the city.

    You see also the symbol of traditional foklore : the geants. It is a tradition about everywhere in the old Flanders that those geants going out for fair (in Arras is it last august week and first week of setember)Those have Colas, Jacqueline and son Dede as name.
    The tourist office organise interessant visits.

    City hal (detail)
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