A little history of Bergues belfry

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Near Dunkerque, here's the tallest belfry in Northern France, with 55 metres high! Some historians said it was raised by the Spanish, during war in the 16th century. Nowadays, we know it’s wrong, but we still don’t know when and by who our building was raised...

One thing is sure: it already existed in 1383, when the French besieged the city. When the struggle ended, the belfry was set to fire... and the roof was destroyed. The reconstruction dates back to the 16th century. At the top of the building, we have the weathercock, the Flanders lion. Inside, we used to find 2 big bells, nickname Tocsin ("warning bell") bell and Retreat’s bell.

We had about 30 little bells making a huge carillon. Unfortunately, the belfry was damaged during World War II: blew up with dynamite, smashed to piece! The reconstruction of the current building dates back to 1960.


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