Already a large town in Gallo-Roman times, Arras saw its Golden age during the Spanish reign.
Louis XIII’s defeat of the town was therefore not accepted kindly.A citadel was erected on the order of Louis XIV, as much against the people of Arras themselves as against the Spanish!It has the oldest religious edifice in the town.
Still occupied by a regiment, like Lille, the citadel has retained a large part of its projected elements with the surrounding area providing a superb wooded walk.
Classed as a "Ville d’Art" (Town of art), Arras is also well known for its "Grand’Place" (Main Square), comprising a unique collection of 155 houses built on the same model, but each being decorated in their own way.
Do not miss visiting the underground tunnels in the "Petite Place", the ancient Saint-Vaast Abbey that houses the largest museum in the Department, the remains of the ramparts and the 18th century theater to appreciate the wealth of its heritage.