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Office de Tourisme Calais Côte d’Opale
Phone:+33(0)3 21 96 62 40
www.calais-cotedopale.com

The land of the Bourgeois immortalised by Rodin has retained an astonishing amount of heritage.

Witness its 13th-century watchtower with thick buttresses that can be seen in the town center.

A little further on, a tank of almost 2 million litres collected rainwater from the nearby Notre-Dame church.

Built on the surface as it was impossible to bury it in saturated ground, it is covered by a vault as protection against mortar attacks.

Do not miss the Citadel, the home of the English kings during the English occupation from 1347 to 1558.

It is vast enough to house a sspots stadium today and has retained a magnificent explosives magazine, stables and bread oven.

Stop off at Fort Risban, at the port entrance, before visiting Fort Nieulay.

Constructed on piles, this unique lock-fort flooded the hinterland in the event of an invasion. Vauban considered it the masterpiece of defence in the area around Calais.


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