Belfry

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The city look-out post Here’s the belfry, symbol of the city mayors' power... We think it was raised by Guillaume Pellevoysin, architect from Bourges. We also known it as Saint-Jean's tower...

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For Dun’s defense! This 6-floors belfry from the 13th century, with its 1490 framework, is pretty amazing! It almost looks like a medieval keep, isn’t it? Also known as ″Clock tower″, it was part of...

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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...

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The foundation This big square tower made of sandstone is 64 metres high. On the roof, we have lots of turrets and weather vanes flanked by a Flanders lion holding a banner. The current carillon has...

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Let's talk about Cambrai's belfry... The former one disappeared, the current tower dates back to the 15th century and it belonged in the past to the old Saint-Martin church. It's the first city...

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The first mention of the belfry dates back to 1408. Later they put a clock inside, and a kind of weathercock with duke's blazon. But in 1451, some bourgeois decided to extend the belfry: building...

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It was mentioned for the first time in a 13th century document, when king of France saint Louis ordered to demolish the belfry and the bells. The crowd was very upset! But why? People from Boulogne...

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The old belfry is located on the place du Fil, keeping an eye on Amiens city since centuries! Built upon the ruins of counts of Amiens' fortress, it was rebuilt in 1440 because it was ruined. A...

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In Middle-Ages, the belfry represented urban district liberties. Bethune's one dates back to 1346 when Eudes, duke of Burgundy and his wife Jeanne of France, decided to allow people to build their...

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The belfry was the symbol of the city power in the Middle-Ages! Rouen's belfry, this "Big Clock" (Gros Horloge in French) wasn't an exception. We found here a primitive belfry, called tour(...


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