Burghers of Calais
Beffroi de Calais
An imposing landmark visible from anywhere in town, Calais' 78m-high belfry was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005 and...
Musée Mémoire 1939–1945
Housed in a concrete bunker built as a German naval headquarters, this WWII museum displays thousands of period artefacts, including...
Musée de la Dentelle et de la Mode
This museum is dedicated to Calais' glorious lace-making legacy. It's in a 19th-century lace factory whose façade has been transformed...
This local treasure at the heart of town rustles up French and regional dishes in a lovely 1930s Paris-style bistro setting. Does the...
place du Soldat Inconnu · interesting places nearby
Burghers of Calais information
In front of Calais' Flemish Renaissance-style town hall (1911–25) is Rodin's famous statue Les Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of Calais; 1895), honouring six local citizens who, in 1347, held off the besieging English forces for more than eight months. Edward III was so impressed he ultimately spared the Calaisiens and their six leaders.