Monday, June 30, 2014
Callais Bellfry - FRANCE - UNESCO #943
There are lots of beautiful belfries in French and Belgium and more than 50 are classified as World Heritager Sites by UNESCO - I already have 2 belfries from Belgium, but this is my first one from France (still lots of them missing though...), the amazing belfry of Calais (Pas-de-Calais) located on the Town Hall of that historic coastal city in northern France. Thank you so much Veronique. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
Twenty-three belfries in the north of France and the belfry of Gembloux in Belgium were inscribed as a group, an extension to the 32 Belgian belfries inscribed in 1999 as Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia. Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, they showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture. They are highly significant tokens of the winning of civil liberties. While Italian, German and English towns mainly opted to build town halls, in part of north-western Europe, greater emphasis was placed on building belfries.