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    The "Beffroi"

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    The Belfry

    The belfry and city hall was destroyed in WW one. From 1924 to 1932 rebuilt in the old style outside.

    Inside is it more medieval but they used to much cement for me part.The façade is Gothic and one part of the side is renaissance original. The belfry out 1463 to 1554 by Architect Jacques le Caron is one of the known in the country and is 75 m high .

    You can climb it , entry is via the tourist office . You pay 2.6 € for the lift and climb the 43 step. You have a beautiful view around with the two markets and the city behind your feets.

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    Le beffroi et l'hôtel de ville furent fortement endommagés pendant la première guerre. La façade est gothique tandis qu'une façade latérale est d'un style renaissance très original.Le beffroi fut construit en 1463 et achevé en 1554 sous la directive de l'architecte Jacques le Caron, c'est un des plus connus du pays et culmine 75 m de hauteur.

    Vous pouvez y monter, entrée par l'office du tourisme. Pour 2,6 €pour l'ascenseur et 43 marches. La vue est magnifique sur les 2 places et la ville à vos pieds.

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    Statue of Neptunus.

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Our first meeting with Arras.

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    We came into Arras after a long walk, a little bit tired but happy to have see so much during our first day there.

    This is the first monument we saw when we arrived in Arras: a statue of Neptune, god of the seas

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    Nous sommes arrivés à Arras fatigués après une longue marche. Nous étions heureux d'avoir tant découvert durant cette première journée.

    La photo représente le premier monument rencontré en arrivant en ville. Neptune, roi des mers.

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    Sint Bertille chaptel.

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Vault Bertille-Saint

    She is situated on the (here) little Scarpe river. There is a little chapel where once a year pilgrims come to the spring behind the chapel.

    She's known from the 8 century for heal eye sick. Around you have nice landscape along the water with Sunday fishers, and also a watermill

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    Elle est située sur la rivière Scarpe (naissante) . Il y a une petite chapelle où, une fois par an , les pèlerins se réunissent.

    Elle est connue depuis le 8ème siècle pour la guérison des maladies des yeux. Alentour, un jolie paysage le long de la rivière, avec des pêcheurs du dimanche, et un très beau moulin (privé)

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    The belltower of Ecoivres

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    The Ecoivres church

    Ecoivres: Particular church roof

    Unfortunately , I haven't a better pic for show you the bell tower of this modest church . T

    he roof is decorate with stone head; I don't discover what they means.

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    Malheureusement, je n'ai pas de meilleure photo pour vous montrer le clocher de la petite église.

    Le toit est décoré de têtes en pierres sur les arrêtes. Je n'ai pas d'explication quand à la signification.

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruines)(5)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    frontdoor of cafe de l'abbaye

    Mont-Saint-Eloi

    On the corner of the town marked , there is the "café de l'abbaye" (see restaurant tips). Have a look upside the doors. There is an original sign-board. I don't know how old it is (as the owner don't) but it is original and made with material of the abbey. It means youth caffe. If you take the time have a look along the streets around and be attentive to it, you can find other examples of that sort of things.

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    Au coin de la place, face aux ruines, il y a le "Café de l'Abbaye" (voir restaurant tips) jetez un oeil au dessus de la porte, et vous verrez une enseigne. Je ne sais pas de quelle époque elle date (la propriétaire non plus) 1765 ? mais elle est originale et proviens de matériaux de l'abbaye. On y lit: Café de la jeunesse. Si vous prenez le temps de regarder autour de vous dans les rues alentour, vous trouverez de nombreux exemple de la sorte.

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruines)(4)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Farm wall

    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey

    As in many places, after destruction of big historic buildings, also here have the inhabitants recycling the stone and other material of the abbey: The pic shows you a capital of a column we discover in the wall of a farm at the entry of the town.

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    Comme dans de nombreux autres endroits, ici aussi, les habitants se sont servis des matériaux de constructions sur les ruines de l'abbaye: La photo montre le chapiteau d'une colonne découvert au milieu d'un mur de ferme à l'entrée du village.

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruines)(3)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey

    A second destruction happens in 1918 ww I when the Germain army did exploded the last floor of the tower. So you must know that the actually towers where about 4 m higher before 1918.

    The visit is free . There are explicative boarder on the site, but don't give much informations.

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    Une deuxième destruction en 1918 (première guerre mondiale) quand l'armée Allemande fait exploser le dernier étage des tours. C'est ainsi que la hauteur actuelle est de 4 m moins haute qu'à l'origine.

    La visite est gratuite. Il y a un panneau explicatif sur le site, mais il ne donne que peu d'information.

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruines)(2)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    The way to town center

    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey

    Mont-Saint Eloi is together with Ecoivres a little town with 1052 inhabitants. It's a quiet place with on the top of the hill the ruin of the abbey . It was first mention in 1097, but the towers you see today where build in 1754. The destruction was in 1793, after the French revolution (1789)

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi fait partie du villages d'Ecoivres (1052 habitants) Tout à fait pittoresque et tranquille avec l'Abbaye au sommet de la colline. La première mention date de 1097, mais les tours ont été construites en 1754. Une première destruction, suite à la révolution française (1789) à lieu en 1793.

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    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruines)(1)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Landscape with the twoo towers

    Mont-Saint-Eloi Abbey (ruins)(1)

    On the first day of our Week-end in Arras we walked from Ablain Saint Nazaire to the city on the GR 127(long distance footpath): The Artois hills trail. The Gr127 start in the neighbor of Arras and end north -west to Boulogne sur Mer after a long trip from hill to hill. On this Saturday,3th of June we where 6 people for walking the 21 km that was on the program .

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    Pour ce premier jour de rando, d'Ablain-saint-Nazaire jusqu'en ville, nous avions choisis le Grande Randonnée n°127: Sentier des collines de l'Artois. Il prend le départ près d'Arras pour arriver au nord-est de Boulogne après un long parcours de collines en collines. Nous étions 6 ce samedi 3 juin pour "faire les 21 km

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    WW I desaster: Ablain-Saint-Nazaire.(2)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Our group in front of the ruins

    Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

    Situated at the east side of the village and called "the old church" was build in 1505.
    Charles de Bourbon would thanks the lord for the cure of his daughter Louise and did build it.
    Louise was considerate crazy. She came looking for help in the hospital of Ablain where the prayers there were known as miraculous.
    The holly men Saint-Nazaire is known for cure everything wat is wrong with the head because he was decapitate in Milano (Italy) in the 3th century.
    In October 1914, the front of the fire line was situated on 2 km west from here. The bombs did the disaster we can see today. The church was so damage and after the war there was no money for reconstruction that the inhabitants decide that they no rebuild.
    There is a "wonderful ?" pic of the church token in 1917 on the site : www.ablain-st-nazaire.com
    clik on le tourisme then on La vieille eglise then on photo de la vieille eglise 1917

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    Située à l'est du village et appelé vieille église par rapport à l'église actuelle, elle fût construite en 1505 sur l'ordre de Charles de Bourbon. Il voulait remercier l'église de la guérison de sa fille Louise considérée folle. Elle fut envoyé à Ablain afin de chercher de l'aide auprès de Saint-Nazaire, connu pour ses guérisons de "maladie de tête". A l'origine de la tradition, sa décapitation à Milan au 3ème siècle.
    En octobre 1914, la ligne de feu était à 2 kilomètres à l'ouest. Les bombes laissèrent l'église dans l'état actuel. elle fut tellement endommagée que les habitants désargentés la laissèrent dans l'état.
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    Look today to the WO I desaster (1)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    The church after WO I

    Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

    The first of the three days we spend to Arras area, we walked from Ablain-Saint-Nazaire to Arras.

    In fact is Ablain situated on 15 km from Arras but we choose a longest interesting way, who was 21 km long.

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    Au premier des trois jours consacrés à découvrir la région , nous avons randonné depuis Ablain-Saint-Nazaire jusqu'à Arras.

    En fait Ablain est situé à seulement 15 km de la ville, mais nous avions choisis un parcours plus intéressant mais aussi plus long (21 km).

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    The belfry

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 5, 2007

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    The Arras belfry was firstly erected in Gothic style by architect Jacques le Caron between 1463 and 1554. It was destroyed in 1914 during World War I and rebuilt in 1924-32. It is 75 metres high and it has a carillon of 40 bells. At the top, you see a golden lion waving a sun, symbol of the King.
    I suggest you'd climb the belfry to enjoy a great view over the town. You can buy the tickets at the tourist office, located in the town hall (the building in front of the belfry).
    This beffroi was included along with many other French and Belgians belfries in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

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    Climbing the belfry

    by Mikebond Updated Oct 21, 2007

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    To go to the top of the lift you have to take a lift and then to climb 43 compulsory steps, as they tell you at the tourist office before you buy the ticket.
    The ticket costs around 2 euro and it is really worth paying. Once you have arrived at the top of the tower, you will see the bell.

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    Abbaye de Saint-Vaast

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    Abbaye de Saint-Vaast
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    The abbey complex was founded in the 7th century to keep the relics of Saint Vaast, the first bishop of Arras. However, Cardinal De Rohan had it rebuilt in 1746 according to the style of that time, i.e. neoclassicism. These pictures, taken from the top of the belfry, give you an idea of the whole building. On the right of it you can see a side of the Cathedral and below it, the place des Héros.
    The abbey has a beautiful garden, as you can see in the third photo.

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    Saint-Vaast - frescoed dome

    by Mikebond Written Sep 8, 2007

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    I have already said that this church has a great architecture but few important painting.
    However, you cannot miss this one: the fresco by Henri Marret (1878-1964) that decorates the dome of the cathedral. It depicts the life of the Virgin as Mother of Jesus and of the Church.

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