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The tower of the Gravelines belfry may seem very sober compared to other more ornate and stylized belfries. However, this simplicity is a real stylistic bias. In the 16th century, and more precisely here in 1608, when the belfry was built, the Italian Renaissance made its mark throughout Europe. Favouring horizontality, the Renaissance is therefore by definition opposed to the grandiose verticality of the northern belfries. This explains why the belfries built during this period are less high and topped by a summit worked in an "ampoulé" style which attenuates the verticality. This is the case of the one in Gravelines which is "only" 27 metres high and is topped by a lantern, which today houses the last bell of the city and its three chimes. The building we see today is in fact a reconstruction dating from 1827, which takes up the foundations and the silhouette of the original belfry, while simplifying the decoration even more. A simple tower made of sand bricks, the belfry nevertheless imposes its presence on the city and its originality earned it a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005! In 1948, the belfry was also listed as a historical monument, as part of the ancient remains of the town of Gravelines. It is only accessible on Heritage Days, but at the time of the Christmas market, from the top of the Ferris wheel, you can see the top of the belfry and admire the details from very close.

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Accessible only on Heritage Days.

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Manej
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Visited in july 2017
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Beffroi très discret par rapport à certains autres mais de belle facture.
Sarah62
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Visited in july 2015
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Bâtiment emblématique des ville du Nord Pas De Calais, le beffroi est un incontournable à admirer et visiter. Celui de Gravelines vaut le détour car il est particulièrement bien restauré.

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