02 March 2015

#825 France

Arras is the capital (chef-lieu/préfecture) of the Pas-de-Calais department. It is part of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, France’s fourth most populous region. It is located in Northern France on the Scarpe river. The Arras plain lies on a large chalk plateau bordered on the north by the Marqueffles fault, on the southwest by the Artois and Ternois hills, and on the south by the slopes of Beaufort-Blavincourt. On the east it is connected to the Scarpe valley.

The Gothic town hall and its belfry were constructed between 1463 and 1554 and had to be rebuilt in a slightly less grandiose style after World War I. The belfry is 75 meters (246 feet) high and used to serve as a watchtower. Nowadays tourists can enjoy ascending the belfry.

It's in the List of UNESCO WHS as a part of Belfries of Belgium and France.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 1999

Date of Issue: ? | Zodiac - Aries

Date of Issue: 2015 | Year of the Goat

Thank you, Veronique !

Sent on: February 26, 2015
Received on: March 2, 2015

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