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Address: Place du Soldat, Calais, France
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Impressive and Emotive Rodin

Incredibly impressive Rodin sculpture that sits in the beautiful front gardens of the Calais Town Hall. The Burghers of Calais statue has a heroic back-story. In 1885, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Topeka, Kansas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Incredibly impressive Rodin sculpture that sits in the beautiful front gardens of the Calais Town Hall. The Burghers of Calais statue has a heroic back-story. In 1885, the town council of Calais commissioned the French sculptor Auguste Rodin to create a sculpture commemorating the bravery of their local heroes, the 'Burghers of Calais'. England's Edward III attacked the City of... More 

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Woking
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great to see a Rodin statue up close.The story behind the statue is interesting. England's Edward III, after a victory in the Battle of Crécy, laid siege to Calais, while Philip VI of France ordered the city to hold out at all costs. Philip failed to lift the siege, and starvation eventually forced the city to parley for surrender. According... More 

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london
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It is actually a really good statue. With the town hall as a background, it is well worth seeing and a good bit of history.

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Billingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

after being guilty of just getting on and off the ferry for a few years we finally had time to explore, and what an eye opener. The Rodin sculpture is emotive, for those who don't know the history there is an English translation. The sea front and beaches are only a short distance away and they are a pleasure, clean... More 

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Gillingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Just France at its best; a Rodin of exquisite beauty in the exact place it should be. Forget the busy surrounds and the grotesquerie that is Calais town hall and just breathe in the genius.

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Suffolk, England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Quite exceptional piece with the six "burghers" expressing different but highly affecting emotions. Well worth seeing in Calais itself, where it happened.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Rodin bronze statue of the Burghers of Calais, or as the locals call it ‘Les Bourgeois de Calais’, is a very impressive and imposing piece of public art. The six figures are slightly bigger than life size and it is unusual in its composition the way in which the Burghers are set out in a group. Unsurprisingly it offers... More 

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Kingsdown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Rodin statue situated just in front of the magnificent town hall. Check your history on the Citizens of Calais - makes for interesting reading. Watch out for the migrants - they are more aggressive now than ever before.

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is an amazing statue and well worth the visit - especially if you are close by visiting some of the other attractions. Unfortunately it was let down when we saw it as it was surrounded entirely by a tacky fair. We had to step over cables and through amusements and roundabouts to reach the statue - and any idea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

What can one say about a piece of well-known sculpture? It's famous. It's Rodin. It's large. I liked it.

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