France City Hall and Belfry

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
The Belfry of Boulogne, a former Romanesque keep, was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2005 along with 22 other belfries in the Hauts-de-France region

Adjoining the belfry, the town hall is dated, for its oldest part, from 1734. It is located in the heart of the fortified town, on Place Godefroy de Bouillon.

37 meters high, it offers the last vestiges of a first count castle. Dating from the end of the 12th century, it was to be supplemented by other larger, more comfortable buildings. The Count of Boulogne, Philippe Hurepel, ceded it to the townspeople of the city when the castle, established at the eastern corner of the fortifications, was completed in 1231. The beneficiaries made their belfry, symbol of communal liberties.

Currently the belfry has 3 eras of construction: the first two levels still belong to the 12th century, the third, the bell stage, from the 13th century, and the octagonal top level from the 18th century.

Ground floor accessible free of charge all year round during the opening hours of the town hall: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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