The Burghers Of Calais

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  • Address: Place du Soldat Inconnu, 62100 Calais, France
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +33-321466200
  • Time Required: 00:15 Mins
  • Tags: Monument, Family And Kids

Known as Rodin’s Six Burghers, these six bronze sculptures stand in full glory in front of the Town Hall. Designed by the infamous Auguste Rodin in 1889 it recalls the final years of The Hundred year war between France and England. The story behind them is when King Edward III of England ended his 11 month long siege, the townsfolk had to surrender because of the famine. So six burghers or prominent citizens of the town had gathered here to submit the keys to the town, expecting to be executed. But when Queen Philippine of Hainault pleaded mercy on their behalf the King considered to spare their lives.

The intricate expressions on their faces, their clenched fists, the tension in their bodies, that mixed feeling of defeat and self-sacrifice is captured excellently. Rodin’s design was initially seen as controversial as the men were depicted with pain and anguish. Also he wanted the statues to be installed in a public park since he wished that the town’s people should almost ‘bump into’ the figures and feel solidarity with them. It is only later that his vision was completely realised when it was moved to its current location where now it is set in a lower pedestal.

The Burghers Of Calais Travel Tips

  • Located just outside the Town Hall of Calais.
  • Contains about 12 similar casts in 12 different cities, all over the world.

How to Reach The Burghers Of Calais

  • Located just a few minutes away from Gare de Calais Railway Station.
  • Nearest Bus Stop- Alhambra: Lines 01, 02, 03, 04, 04, 05, 07, 12

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  • The Burghers Of Calais Address: Place du Soldat Inconnu, 62100 Calais, France
  • The Burghers Of Calais Contact Number: +33-321466200
  • The Burghers Of Calais Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit The Burghers Of Calais(preferred time): 09:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Burghers Of Calais: 00:15 Mins
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  • 68.88% of people who visit Calais include The Burghers Of Calais in their plan

  • 26.58% of people start their The Burghers Of Calais visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Burghers Of Calais

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