This great building has finally been rebuilt and restored enough to be open to the public, & available for all to enjoy. The brick outside gives nothing away - inside the old stone columns soar from the shining floor to the beautiful new roof, the ornate altarpiece and metal railings gleam, there is gilding, there are votive candles, & the whole feeling is of a place of worship in use. A welcome counter has leaflets in lots of languages, history books about Calais, & a charming guide to answer questions. The day we were there the temporary exhibition was all about the history of the rose, very nicely done. The huge freshly restored oil painting of the relief of Calais is also worth seeing. Outside the Tudor Garden is maturing well, the arches weathering to silver grey around the colourful flower beds, & there are young fruit trees, possibly unusual varieties, all labelled. The herb garden is less successful, looking decidedly in need of love, but no doubt that will be sorted. It was nice to find so much seating in the garden areas. The water cistern is interesting in the context of the size of the Calais fortress.
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