The City of Calais
A maritime city, Calais owes its rise to its geographical location, to the development of cross-channel traffic (by sea and, for the last 20 years, by rail thanks to the tunnel) and to the lace industry, for which it is internationally known.
Despite its turbulent history, the city has known how to preserve and showcase its original and varied heritage, such as:
- the Hôtel de Ville with its belfry that is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- the International Museum of Lace and Fashion
- the church of Notre-Dame, built in the Tudor style and unique in continental Europe
City of culture, Calais offers a varied events programme with two major venues: Calais Theatre and Le Channel National Theatre.
The recent renovations in the heart of the city, the planting of flowers, the renovation work currently being carried out on the seafront and the major cultural events (2014’s equestrian show ZINGARO, drawing 22,000 spectators, for example) reinforce the character of the city as a tourist destination and seaside resort. In conjunction with these efforts to once again attract British visitors (Discover Calais), the city is also engaged in efforts to earn “City of Art and History” status.
For more information, www.calais.fr
Photographic credits: © Ville de Calais - Fred Collier