The station square is one of the main places to go to the city center, next to the south area of Arras and not far from the industrial zone.
It was rebuilt after the 1st World War. Then, during the 20th century the square has grown thanks to the end of the fortification .
The architecture Art déco, from 20's, has developed with some buildings with original facades. Moreover they are some buildings more classic since the 18th century. This mixture made an unique identity from the city of Arras.
The Hôtel Moderne : it was built during the 30's. It replaces a classic building destroyed during the first world war. It keeps some characteristics (for example : the roof) and adopted some modern elements of that period. The Hotel Moderne is a mixed between the classic and the art deco style.
(source : www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/inventai/patrimoine)
Arras station : open from 4:45 am to 23:30 pm. Saturday from 5:30 am to 23:30 pm Sunday from 5:40 am to 23:00 pm. Bank holidays : from 5:40 am to 23:00 pm.
Shop of tabacco / press : in the hall of the station
Food : « Pomme de Pain » in the station : Restaurant and take away
Restaurants nearby the Hotel Moderne
1- On the Foch Square - Place Foch
- Le Passe Temps – Hotel and restaurant – French food
- Yummy's Restaurant - Budget : €21-€30 euros – French food and Bistrot
- China Express - : Asian food and take away
- L'Epicurien – French food and Bistrot
- L'Euro Star – French food
- Le Carnot Astoria - Hotel and Restaurant – French food (closed until other notice)
2- Gambetta Street - Rue Gambetta
- Mezzaluna - vegetarian food
- Ocak Mevlut - Fast food
- Domino's Pizza Arras - Budget : 16-20 euros – French food, pizzeria, take away
3-Boulevard de Strasbourg
- L'Elysée - French food
- La Coupole D'Arras - Budget : 21-30 euros – French food
- Bistrot Du Boucher - Budget : 16-30 euros – French food, grill (closed until other notice)
4- Chanzy Street - Rue Chanzy
- La Bulle d'O - Budget : 31-45 euros – French food, gastronomic and végétarian restaurant
- Le Bouchot - Budget : 16-20 euros – French food - fish and seafood.
1- Gambetta Street - Rue Gambetta
- Café Tabac Paul : coffee and Paul's Tabacco - Newspaper and tabacco seller – Bar and brasserie
- Pharmacy – Pharmacie de la Gare : the week : closes at 19:30pm – Sunday : closed
- Boulangerie - Caudron Bakery - sale of breads and sandwichs
- The post office
- Bookstores : Furet du Nord - La Grande Librairie
- Monoprix - supermarket – sale of food product and other product
2- Boulevard de Strasbourg
- Bio c'Bon : sale of bio product – close at 19:30 during the week
Historic capital of Artois , Arras has architectural importance, and a dynamic local economy.
Arras is at heart of a agribusiness zone (Häagen-Dazs, DessaintTraiteur, Soup’Ideal, Ingredia ), with many research centers, and logistics platform. There is an electrical and chemical industry of importance (hawker , Alcan ... ). The city is a local administrative and financial hub .
There is a university in this city, with the Confucius Institute which also participates in the diffusion of Chinese culture in the region.
With its belfry and Vauban Citadel classified by World Heritage of UNESCO, Arras has many places to explore : two beautiful squares with Flemish barpque facades; a monumental Abbey (The Palace St
Vaast ); a Museum of Fine Art (Musée des Beaux Arts), behind the “Notre Dame et St Vaast" Cathedral...
Thanks to the new“Louvre–Lens” Museum, which located nearby, Arras is an ideal base for exploring the region.
For about 10 mns by car, you can find a beautiful golf resort in the countryside.
Under the front of the First World War, Arras was affected by many battles in Artois. 24000 British soldiers who prepared the great offensive of the " Battle of Arras " stayed in chalk quarries (
Museum " Wellington Careers ") under the town.
Near the Battlefields of the WWI, Arras is a place of passage through the "Paths of Memories" for each person from the Commonwealth ( British, Canadians, New Zealanders, Australians ) come to pay homage to his parents passed away on our soil during WWI (Canadian Vimy Memorial , Letaille Museum at Bullecourt, necropolis of Notre Dame de Lorette... ).
Besides, there are many local shops, in the city center or on the outskirts. Arras is a bustling modern city. Its local markets color different neighborhoods from Wednesday to Sunday .
The city has many restaurants and brasseries, and offer the opportunity to enjoy local specialties and regional products, with moderation : l'andouillette d’Arras (sausage), le coquelet à la bière (chicken with beer), la flamiche aux poireaux (leak tart), la truite au Maroiles (trout with cheese sauce), le Potjevleesch, le Waterzooï; regional cheeses (cœur de Lille, Maroilles, Boulette d'Avesnes …)...
The north is a former countries of brewer. Beer is always on the table, before the tasting of other typical drinks like “le genièvre de Houle” ou “la fleur de bière”
Walking along the steps of Robespierre
From : http://amis-robespierre.org
Do a fascinating walk through the streets of Arras to discover the life of Robespierre, the French Revolution, and discover histories and heritages of this city.
The House where Robespierre lived when he was a lawyer, now becomes a museum which located nearby the Arras Theater.
Robespierre was born in Arras on may 16th 1758 and he became popular during the French Revolution fighting against injustice. Then he made Arras the Capital of the department Pas-de-Calais.
After the victory of the revolutionary armies over the British-Dutch troops, he’s guillotined in 1794 and thrown into a common grave. His death announces a turning point in the revolution and closes a period of political repression knew as “The Terror”.
Market that stand there from the eleventh century on the Grand d'Arras contributed to the prosperity of the city. Square size is about 2 has. It displays a grandiose architectural unit with Flemish Baroque style houses built in the seventeenth century stone.
Bombed during the First World War, like the rest of the city, places of Arras underwent a restoration that restored them their pre-war appearance. The oldest house, No. 49 North of the square dates from the fifteenth century.
Its construction flamboyant Gothic styles began in the 15th century and ended in the 16th century. The Belfry watches over the city: its bells punctuated the communal life, and warned the
population in case of danger. The belfry housed the Charters of the city and its treasure.
Symbol of communal liberties, the Belfry shows the power and wealth of a city at the time when new merchants and artisans grow with the woolen cloth trade.
Arras Belfry is on the list of Fifty-six belfries of Belgium and France classified world heritage of humanity.
In 2015, the Arras Belfry is part of the different works selected for "French Monument Prefered" television show on the heritage of our regions. (France 2 - "Le Monument Préféré des français 2015").
Source : http://www.beffrois.com/
The Abbey of St. Vaast was a Benedictine monastery found in 667 on the hill of La Madeleine near Arras. The abbey of St. Vaast today groups together the Cathedral, the
Museum of Fine Arts, and the Arras library.
The Museum of Fine Arts houses various collections : Medieval Sculptures, paintings Dutch and French paintings from the seventeenth century (the "room Mays"), eighteenth-century ceramics (porcelain of Arras and Tournai), painting nineteenth century (including the School of Arras), scale model of the city dated from 1716. You enter in the museum through a large courtyard.
Exhibition : you have temporary exhibitions.
http://www.explorearras.com/fr/sejours en groupe/exposition-100-heads-and-out-of-versailles.html
Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Vaast Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral built in classical style from 1778. It has a plan in the form of a Latin cross, with a wide nave (26 meters wide) consisting of six bays, flanked by Corinthian columns . The choir consists of four bays with stained glass.
The 1914-1918 war caused enormous damage to the shrine, partly destroyed in 1915. Restoration work undertaken in 1920 by the chief architect of historical monuments Pierre Paquet, lasted 14 years.
The cathedral has a great organ, with 76 games on 4 keyboards, from the workshops of the house Roethinger Strasbourg. Its construction started in 1938, resumed in 1960 and ended in 1962.
Museum of Fine Arts
22 rue Paul Doumer - Arras- Tel. +33 321 712 643
Notre Dame Cathedral and St Vaast
Opening and Visit: a team of volunteers provides a service visit. http://arras.catholique.fr/page-12107-cathedral-arras.html
Located 30 minutes from Arras center by car, the Louvre Museum in Lens, realized by Japanese architects (agency Sanaa), Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, opened in late 2012.
Five buildings of glass and aluminum, with angles, extended, pale and uncluttered are built on a former pithead, partly recolonized by nature.
The "Gallerie du Temps" mix in one place, about 250 masterpieces of art history, sarcophagi, mosaics, reliefs, paintings, from Mesopotamia to the Modern era.
At the other end is a gallery with great temporary exhibitions renewed every 6 month (Renaissance, Rubens painting, Carthage culture, ... ).
Part of the reserves of the Louvre Paris was transported in the storehouse and are partially opened to visitors.
La Scène: The Louvre Lens proposes a program mixing dance, theater, cinema, opera, or puppets. It is a rich and diverse cultural center.
The Resource Center : The free-of-charge multimedia library offers a variety of resources to learn about art history, or to extend your visit.
Catering: the on-site cafeteria for fast food, picnic area. The restaurant "L'atelier de Marc Meurin" for the gourmets.
The Louvre Lens Museum is a place of pleasure and discovery.
Louvre -Lens , rue Georges Bernanos , Lens.
Open daily - except Tuesday - 10am to 18pm.
Admission: free access to the Gallery of Time - paying temporary exhibitions.
Tel: +33 03 21 18 62 62 . www.louvrelens.fr
Just 15 minutes by car from the center of Arras, you find a beautiful Golf located at Anzin St Aubin.
Its two 18-hole and 9 -hole course is punctuated by river and fishponds.
Golf d’Arras - Rue Briquet-Taillandier - At Anzin-Saint-Aubin - Phone : +33 (0)3 21 50 24 24
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.golf-arras.com