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The Burghers of Calais

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Address: Place du Soldat, Calais, France
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Well worth seeing

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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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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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Outside of the Town Hall, this amazing piece of art is accessible to all and in a great place to be photographed.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is an original Rodin that they just have out in a square! One of the masters of sculpture and you could actually climb onto one of his masterpieces. As an American, where art is kept behind ropes, I found this fascinating. The sculpture itself is amazing and the story behind it (do your homework!) is very interesting as well.... More 

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