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

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    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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    Town Hall

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    The town hall, situated on Place des Héros, is the ideal departure point for a discovery of the town. On the groundfloor you will find the Tourist Office.
    The top of the belfry provides a good view of the surrounding landscape and allows a glimpse of many monuments which are indicated on an orientation table.

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    Place des Héros

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    Place des H��ros

    Place des Héros is one of the two most beautiful squares in Arras. Here you will find the Town Hall with its beautiful belfry and beautiful houses around the square.
    In the Middle Ages, it was a large marketplace and the main centre of trade activity in Arras and therefor called Le Petit Marché (small marketplace). Since 1945, it bears the name of Place des Héros (place of the Heroes), in honour of the resistants shot during the Second World War. Nowadays, it's one big parking place. Most of the houses are shops, eateries or bars and are connected with one big arcade.

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    Grand'Place

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    Grand'Place

    The biggest and most beautiful square of Arras, Grand'Place, is located just one street away from the other famous square, Places des Héros.
    Grand’Place housed rich agricultural and seed merchants. Their houses dated from the 17th and 18th centuries but were largely demolished during the Great War. They were reconstructed stone by stone after 1918, faithfully following their previous appearance (even though they were formerly wooden, instead of stone and brick). The facades present a number of sculptured signboards, such as bells, helmets, sheaves of wheat and cauldrons.
    Contrary to other squares in Arras, you cannot park above but beneath the square.

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    Cathedral

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    Cathedral

    The Cathedral was founded in 667 on La Madeleine Hill where Saint Vaast used to pray, and was entirely rebuilt in the 18th century.
    Nowadays, the cathedral looks a bit neglected. I don't know whether the inside is worth seeing because the cathedral is only open for tourists in the afternoon from 2 p.m. and we were there at 1 p.m. :-(

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    Garden of the Abbey

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    Garden of Abbey

    The public garden of the Legion of Honor is located in front of the Saint-Vaast abbey. In the past the garden belonged to the abbey. It's a nice little park with a lot of trees and a couple of walking paths going from the cathedral to the Place de la Madeleine, where you will find the entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts.

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    The museum exhibits different items about Arras' history: archeological items, medieval sculptures, 15th century tapestry, 18th century Arras and Tournai china ware, pre-impressionist paintings of the Arras school and a magnificent collection of 17th century paintings of the French School and the former Low Countries.

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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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    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 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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    Abbaye de Saint-Vaast

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 9, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    Grand' Place

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Grand' Place is the main square of Arras and clearly show how much Flemish and how little French this town is. Its several houses were built in the typical Flemish baroque style of the 17th and 18th centuries, except one, easy to identify.

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    Place des Héros

    by Mikebond Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Place des Héros is another great example of "Flemishness". It's surrounded by many beautiful houses but the most important buildings are the Hôtel de Ville (the town hall) with its beffroi (belfry in English).
    Unfortunately, the square is a parking place full of cars that spoil the view you can enjoy from above the belfry.

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