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Office de Tourisme

Phone: + 33 (0)3 27 20 54 70
otsi.le.quesnoy@wanadoo.fr

Le Quesnoy takes its name from the nearby Mormal Forest where the oaks were planted in Roman times.

Le Quesnoy - les douvesIn the 12th century, Buadin IV, known as the Edifier, built a castle here that became the favourite residence of the most powerful pinces in Europe.

From the 16th to the 19th century, the town was reinforced to be evnetually delisted in the same way as so many other towns in the last century.

But this town did not have the means to dismantle what has become ont of the best preserved fortified structures in France.

This structure has been patiently restored since 1977, providing 100 hectares of walk around the ramparts and the town nestled in its enclosure.

Do not miss visiting the unique horn [1], the "Bastion Vert", fitted out as a siege hospital and the 18th century Hôtel de Ville (Town hall) whose grand staircase is classed historically.

Footnotes

[1] projectd element covering the area of an enclosure


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