Arras city


Historic capital of Artois , Arras has architectural importance, and a dynamic local economy.
Arras is at the 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 hub administrative and financial.
The project Canal Seine-Nord Europe which is a few kilometers from the town of Arras could be an additional opportunity for the economy.
Arras has a university, and a Confucius Institute who also participates in the dissemination of Chinese culture in the region.

At 10 mn by car you find a beautiful golf resort in the countryside.

 

With its belfry and its Vauban citadel classified by UNESCO, Arras has many places to explore : two beautiful Flemish baroque squares with style facades; a monumental Abbey (Le Palais St Vaast ); a Museum (Musée des Beaux Arts), next the Cathedrale “Notre Dame et St Vaast”...
With the new“Louvre–Lens” Museum, located nearby, Arras is an ideal base for exploring the region.

 

Under the front during 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 Great War, Arras is a place of passage for each British people ( English , Canadians, New Zealanders, Australians ) who come to pay tribute to his familly fallen on our soil during the Great War (Canadian Vimy Memorial , Letaille Museum at Bullecourt, necropolis of Notre Dame de Lorette... ).

 

With many shops, in the city center or periphery , 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 many 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”

Arras Grand'Place


Arras Grand'Place
Arras Grand'Place

Markets that stand there from the eleventh century on the Grand d'Arras contributed to the prosperity of the city. Square size is about 2 ha. It displays a grandiose architectural unit with Flemish Baroque style houses built in the seventeenth century stone.

 

Bombed during World WarI, 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.

Arras Belfry


Arras Belfry
Arras Belfry

Its construction flamboyant Gothic style 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.

(http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/943)

 

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/

Arras Muséum and Cathédral St. Vaast


The Abbey of St. Vaast was a Benedictine monastery founded in 667 on the hill of La Madeleine near Arras. The abbey of St. Vaast  today group 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
E-mail: musee.arras@ville-arras.fr

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

Louvre in Lens


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 mixes 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 months (Renaissance, Rubens painting, Carthage culture, ... ).
Part of the reserves of the Louvre Paris were transported in storehouse and are partially opened to visitors.
Modern technologies are harnessed to the greatest artistic works (audio guides, mobile applications) ....

 

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: +33 321 698 200 . www.louvrelens.fr

Louvre Lens Sculptures
Louvre Lens Sculptures

Arras Golf

Arras resort golf
Arras resort golf

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

golf@golf-arras.com - www.golf-arras.com