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Review of Eglise Notre-Dame

Eglise Notre-Dame
Ranked #6 of 36 things to do in Calais
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Frances S
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Reviewed 22 July 2018

Before posting this I looked at what others wrote and I didn't realize that DeGaulle was married here. That's history, along with all the bullet holes on the outside of this church. The garden area out back is impressive as well.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Happened to chance around this church and it just drew me in. Located near Place fed Armes ..it's got a huge reservoir next to it. The church is very peaceful having an alternate alter for services. The ceiling does not have columns and ir supported by arches. The latice window is in black and blue.
Worth sitting in and imbibing the energy around

Thank AnjaliD170
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Large imposing Catholic cathedral located a short distance from the waterfront, dating from the 12th century. It was closed the day of our visit. This is the church where Charles and Yvonne de Gaulle were married. Also on the grounds is a large cistern that was ordered constructed by Louis XIV to catch rainwater from the roof and to be used during periods of drought.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

This church is only open in July and August to visitors, but it is well worth a walk to see it. It is unique and the amount of work that has gone into its ongoing restoration is quite breathtaking. There is lots of information about the artefacts and restoration in both English and French. The volunteers are helpful and polite. I could have spent a lot longer in here, but my children didn't find it quite as engaging as I did. The history of the church goes right back to 11th century and there is so much to absorb. The church also has a beautiful garden that you can walk.

Thank Gemma D
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