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Calais' Medieval Watchtower [Oct. 20th, 2010|03:31 pm]
Tony Grist
We had lunch on La Place des Armes in Calais- at one end of which is the magnificent 12th century Tour de Guet (watchtower)- which is one of the very few fragments of old Calais to have survived a succession of natural disasters and wars.


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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-10-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
It looks very solid and wears its mission of being a sentry well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-20 04:28 pm (UTC)
The square it sits in is otherwise entirely modern and architecturally undistinguished. I'm guessing it was flattened in WWII.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-10-20 08:12 pm (UTC)
I always thought that the treatment of the good people of Calais in the medieval wars with France was despicable...

Incredible photo - gives me vertigo!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-21 08:10 am (UTC)
You mean the thing with the burghers?

I caught a fleeting glimpse of Rodin's monument to them as we fleeted past the town hall.

Calais has been in the front line of a lot of wars.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-10-21 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That's the one.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-10-20 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. *cranes neck* Hope I get to Calais to see that in person some day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-21 08:11 am (UTC)
If you ever get to England, Calais is only half an hour away by train.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-10-21 03:02 pm (UTC)
*nods* I've been to England once, in 2003, and hope to get back some day. I also want to visit Waterloo some day, and the Louvre, so that means crossing the Channel anyway. If I do get back across the pond at all, I'll try to work it all in.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-21 03:16 pm (UTC)
We wanted to go to Waterloo, but it was closed.

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[User Picture]From: ibid
2010-10-21 10:42 am (UTC)
I've never acually been to Calais despite taking day trips to France from Kent.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-21 02:29 pm (UTC)
It looks interesting. I'd like to go back and spend some time there.
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