Arras

Beautiful and useful citadel

In June 2009, the military definitely left the citadel of Arras. In 2012, the Urban Community of Arras set its headquarters on the premises, a first stage in the rehabilitation of the site. Since then, implantations were plenty.

A famous cheese-maker of the Nord region came to refine his products in the former powder kegs. A software company invested millions of euros to develop a data centre and to provide young companies with convenient office space. An Arras honey-maker also installed his hives inside while a rope park in the wood outside is widely used in the warm season.
The mutation is going on for the citadel to become a living area within the city. In only two months a housing programme for 70 lodgings was sold out and the first dwellers of the citadel will move in in 2014. In February, the Urban Community launched a new business hub. Other projects involve a training centre for catering arts and a gourmet restaurant.
In the same time, rehabilitation works are being led for the citadel to become more visible in the city landscape. Trees are being trimmed, paths restored on the rampart and gates reopened. Listed as a World Heritage site, it was recently listed as a historical monument in its entirety. A new life has just started for the citadel of Arras.

Web sites

Campagne Arrageoise © Ph FRUTIER-Altimage© Ville d'ArrasCentre ville d'Arras © Ville d'ArrasCitadelle © Ph FRUTIER-AltimageCitadelle © Ph FRUTIER-AltimagePorte Royale de la Citadelle © Ville d'ArrasCourses cycliste devant la Citadelle © Ville d'ArrasMont Saint-Eloi © Ville d'ArrasLes marais de Feuchy © Ville d'ArrasLe moulin Achicourt © Ville d'Arras
Stage town for the 3rd time
Pas-de-Calais (62)
Population : 45,000 inhabitants (Arrageois) and 102,000 in the 39 communes of the urban community of Arras
Economy : food research, agribusiness and logistics sector. Häagen-Dazs factory, Caterpillar, an offshoot of the University of Artois
Culture : belfry, Arras Citadel, Abbey Towers of Mont Saint-Éloi, Museum of Fine Arts, the Carrière Wellington (site retracing the Battle of Arras from the First World War), City of Nature. Festivals: Main Square festival, (rock ‘n'roll), Arras Film Festival (European Film Festival), Faites de la Chanson (festival of French song), Histoires et rêves d'Artois, sound and light show
Sport : Arras pays d'Artois women's basketball league, Arras women's football club in league 1, canoe-kayak club
Specialities : Arras sausage, le Coeur d'Arras (cheese), le Bleu d'Arras, porcelain painting Sustainable Development: 40 km of cycle lanes, self service bicycles for students, Ma Citadine, a free of charge town shuttle, Trame verte et bleue de l'Arrageois (improvement of towpaths into walking areas)
Labels : a 4 fl owers city, Belfry and Citadel – UNESCO world heritage sites

Thierry Marie's longest day

On July 11, 1991, Thierry Marie was really longing for his native Normandy. Gone after 25 kms in this long stage from Arras, the prologue winner remained on his own for 234 kms before winning in Le Havre and claim the yellow jersey back from Greg LeMond. The Frenchman had ridden the second longest winning solo in the history of the Tour after the 253-km break by Albert Bourlon between Carcassonne and Luchon in 1947. The stage actually started without a yellow jersey holder after LeMond refused to wear the garment in homage to former overall leader Rolf Sorensen, who had crashed out in the previous stage. A race between Paris and Arras took place between 1923 and 1959 and was revived in 2010 under the name of Paris Arras Tour.

Stage town for the 3rd time
Pas-de-Calais (62)
Population : 45,000 inhabitants (Arrageois) and 102,000 in the 39 communes of the urban community of Arras
Economy : food research, agribusiness and logistics sector. Häagen-Dazs factory, Caterpillar, an offshoot of the University of Artois
Culture : belfry, Arras Citadel, Abbey Towers of Mont Saint-Éloi, Museum of Fine Arts, the Carrière Wellington (site retracing the Battle of Arras from the First World War), City of Nature. Festivals: Main Square festival, (rock ‘n'roll), Arras Film Festival (European Film Festival), Faites de la Chanson (festival of French song), Histoires et rêves d'Artois, sound and light show
Sport : Arras pays d'Artois women's basketball league, Arras women's football club in league 1, canoe-kayak club
Specialities : Arras sausage, le Coeur d'Arras (cheese), le Bleu d'Arras, porcelain painting Sustainable Development: 40 km of cycle lanes, self service bicycles for students, Ma Citadine, a free of charge town shuttle, Trame verte et bleue de l'Arrageois (improvement of towpaths into walking areas)
Labels : a 4 fl owers city, Belfry and Citadel – UNESCO world heritage sites

Web sites

Places to see

The Boves

The Boves are limestone quarries located 12 metres beneath the heart of the town of Arras. The stone is thought to have been used to build the first religious buildings. From the 12th century, the Boves were used as cellars and warehouses by the town's merchants. During WWII, they were used by inhabitants as shelters from allied bombings.

The belfry

In 1554, when mason Jacques Le Caron completed the construction of the belfry started in 1463, he topped it with the crown of stone: that of Spanish Emperor Charles V, then reigning over the Netherlands. Symbol of the commune's freedom, the belfry was also used as a watchtower and held the bells that paced the daily life. Hit by 69 shells in October 1914, the belfry finally collapsed and was rebuilt identically by Pierre Paquet. It was listed as a World Heritage site in 2005.

Grand'Place and Place des Heros

Linked by La Taillerie street, the two squares created to host markets since the 11th century form a unique architectural ensemble with 17,000 square metres of cobbles. They are surrounded by 155 facades of Flemish Baroque houses.

The Wellington quarry

Arras is home to another underground site, the Wellington quarry, used as a launch-pad for the largest surprise attack of WWI. The Allies decided to catch the Germans off their guards and ordered New Zealand tunnel workers to link the town's limestone quarries to form a network of 20 km in which some 24,000 soldiers could find refuge. British troops stayed underground for ten days before attacking German positions by surprise on April 9, 1917 at 5:30 AM.

Beffroi © Ville d'ArrasCarrière Wellington © Ville d'Arras
Stage town for the 3rd time
Pas-de-Calais (62)
Population : 45,000 inhabitants (Arrageois) and 102,000 in the 39 communes of the urban community of Arras
Economy : food research, agribusiness and logistics sector. Häagen-Dazs factory, Caterpillar, an offshoot of the University of Artois
Culture : belfry, Arras Citadel, Abbey Towers of Mont Saint-Éloi, Museum of Fine Arts, the Carrière Wellington (site retracing the Battle of Arras from the First World War), City of Nature. Festivals: Main Square festival, (rock ‘n'roll), Arras Film Festival (European Film Festival), Faites de la Chanson (festival of French song), Histoires et rêves d'Artois, sound and light show
Sport : Arras pays d'Artois women's basketball league, Arras women's football club in league 1, canoe-kayak club
Specialities : Arras sausage, le Coeur d'Arras (cheese), le Bleu d'Arras, porcelain painting Sustainable Development: 40 km of cycle lanes, self service bicycles for students, Ma Citadine, a free of charge town shuttle, Trame verte et bleue de l'Arrageois (improvement of towpaths into walking areas)
Labels : a 4 fl owers city, Belfry and Citadel – UNESCO world heritage sites

Web sites

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