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The Burghers of Calais

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Address: Place du Soldat, Calais, France
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A tiny treasure

This was wonderful walk. The Burghers of Calais host a brilliant Rodin, who continues to show the plight of the people through his art. During the time I went, the gardens were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This was wonderful walk. The Burghers of Calais host a brilliant Rodin, who continues to show the plight of the people through his art. During the time I went, the gardens were decorated for the holidays. A carriage was lit up, an Olaf, lots of lights, reindeer. My son loved it. The historical story of the grounds as well as... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

An unexpected place to find Rodin's sculpture - just outside of the town hall in Calais. The Burghers of Calais is Rodin at his expressive best. Like the Thinker this one captures the pain and anguish of the people, and combined with the backdrop of mid 1900's history of war and desolation makes a poignant stop in your normal shopping... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I like these bits of Calais the most - where the history is celebrated. I wish there had been more attractions like this at Calais. When we visited there was a nice Christmas forest attraction and it was charming

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

In 1885, Rodin was commissioned by the French city of Calais to create a sculpture that commemorated the heroism of Eustache de Saint-Pierre, and other prominent citizens of Calais, during the dreadful Hundred Years’ War between England and France (begun in 1337). The 6 burghers were to present themselves to Edward the Third of England after his victory at the... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Well worth a visit if you've some spare time in Calais. Set in beautifully tended gardens in front of the town hall which is itself worth seeing.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Nice place to stop by, to see, relax for few minutes, and go. Look and walk also around you. Don't expect too much.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Spent the afternoon here, great monument which is definitely worth a visit and then spent some time in the grounds, even had time to have a picnic.

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three gates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

very impressive ,bronze statues all on one plinth, this is in the gardens in front of the town hall, the message it sends is very obvious, these men gave up calais to save it.

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

a really impressive monument from the great sculptor augustine Rodin..it was fused in bronze and completeted in 1889, but it is really contempoary in the feelings and construction! absolutely to admire!

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Parnu, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The own of Calais could be just a spot on your way from continent to UK. However, as a tour guide I was well prepared to introduce a juwel of the town to our group. Entering the parking lane in front of the townhall, we were amazed by the flowers in front of it. The story of the town was... More 

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