The church that you can see from the Grand Place and located just around the corner of the square, is the Saint Vaast church. Just like the other buildings in the area, it was severely destroyed during the first world war and rebuilt a couple of years later. It has a beautiful organ inside.more
The biggest building with the pyramid formed roof on the Grand Place is the Town Hall. It's an extraordinary building. It was destroyed during WWI and rebuilt in the same style as the houses around the square.On the facade, you can read the titles and glories of the city: "The War Cross" and the "Legion d'honneur" given in 1919 for the courage and...more
In the middle of the Grand Place you will see an impressive tower. This is the Belfry. It was a reward given to the Bethunois for being faithful to the french monarchy. It started as a wooden tower built in 1346 and housed a local jail. After a fire, it was rebuilt in sandstone in 1388. Later in the 17th century shops were built around the tower...more
The Grand Place is a very beautiful square in the centre of Bethune. Everything is concentrated around this square: town hall, shops, pubs, restaurants, tourist office ... During WWI almost the entire square was destroyed. The houses around the square were all rebuilt between 1920 and 1927 in the after-war style: eclectic architecture mixed with...more
A lovely Irish pub on the Grand Place. The interior is typical Irish and so is the bartender. A good place to relax after visiting the centre and doing some shopping.
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I was quite impressed by this beautiful city. It really has an agreeable city centre with a wonderful square surrounded by beautiful houses, shops and pubs.
It's a small city, you don't need more than a day to see the most important things. First go to the tourist office, situated in the Belfry on the Grand Place, to get some information. Stroll along the streets around the square and enjoy.
There is also a lovely small public garden with a nice bandstand, pond and benches for relaxing after the city visit.