Arras Squares, France

After Tournai, Belgium we crossed borders and slipped into France. The first UNESCO site we visited was the Arras. Arras is one town which had been battered and bruised badly during both the two world wars. But it was lovingly rebuilt and so much of the past glory was restored.

There are two market squares, Grand’Place and Place de Heros the smaller of the two. The Town Hall adds charm to this square (pic above). Underneath the square there exists a maze of tunnels. These provided shelter to the residents of Arras from heavy bombing during WWs, other times they were used for storing wine and food. The Grand’Place (pic below) has houses and few restaurants lined along the sides. We parked our car here in this square. During weekends both these squares turn into market area and is filled with lot of activities.

Some of the facades escaped the wrath of bombs and still have the same façade. This pic below is of one such building.

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20 Responses

  1. The facades look magnificent.

  2. Stewart M says:

    I really like that last picture – I think its the "steps" down the side of the roof I like.

    Thanks for comment about my writing – my wife suggests I spend too much time on it!!!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  3. eileeninmd says:

    Thanks for the tour of Arras. you have taken me to places I will never see other than your beautiful photos. I would love to be there on market day. Have a happy Day, Indrani!

  4. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful architecture!

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    that last building is beautiful.

  6. Sylvia K says:

    I do love the old building in your last shot, Indrani!! It is good to know that the city has been rebuilt! It's always sad to realize how much of the beauty and history of so much of Europe has been destroyed by wars! Have a great weekend!

  7. Bikramjit says:

    Lovely pics mam.. I ma planning ot hop by to france next month sometime lets see if I can manage …

    Bikram's

  8. DeniseinVA says:

    Lovely series of photos Indrani, a beautiful city.

  9. Vaish says:

    Looks like this is a hidden gem in France. Beautiful place..

  10. Rajesh says:

    Magnificent structures.

  11. Thanks for the tour of Arras. It looks like a lovely city.

  12. Carletta says:

    I always marvel at the architecture you find to share. I agree with Stewart in that that last one with the ledged roof is quite unique.
    Lovely post Indrani!

  13. Cloudia says:

    You show us places we didn't know before! Thank You

    Aloha Indrani
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  14. George says:

    This looks like a very charming city. The Grand'Place looks huge. I really like the facade of the building in your third photo.

  15. Bev says:

    Great architect!

  16. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots of the French architecture.

  17. Laura says:

    such dramatic skies in that second image Indrani… wow!

  18. Amazingly beautiful architecture!

  19. Wow, beautiful place indeed. I like how you were able to share the history of it. I’m glad that it was restored after the World War 2, it must have been really damaged during that time. I like the architecture design from how details the exterior and I’m sure the interior as well. It is very unique actually and I would love to have myself being photographed on that building.

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

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