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Arras is the capital city of the Pas-de-Calais département and is not very renowned as a tourist destination. However, it has certainly so much to offer that my half-day visit proved not to be enough.
Many buildings of this city look similar to those of Flemish and Dutch cities. This happens because Arras was dominated by the Spanish from 1492 to 1659. In that period, the Kingdom of España owned the so-called Spanish Netherlands: most of those territories gained independence in 1830 and formed today's Kingdom of Belgique-België. However, Arras and other Northern French provinces never belonged to Belgium.
The name of Arras comes from the Gaulish people of Atrebates who lived in Northern France.
Even if Arras is not famous as a tourist city, all French people know it thanks to an old traditional song performed, among others, by Fernandel: Avec l'ami Bidasse ("With my friend Bidasse").

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  • Pros:Great architecture
  • Cons:Too little known
  • Last visit to Arras: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    nice things to do tips

  • cold_dead_bunny's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 7:32 AM

    waw what houses!! (well, its just Skype, its not visiting some dirty sites))))

  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2007 at 2:42 AM

    Very nice page, great photos! Also it is "my style" of city, woul be nice to see it someday :) Loved that architecture of houses and view of churches.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    I enjoyed seeing the unique Flemish architecture. Since my granddaddy used to make watches and clocks, I especially loved the clock tower.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 2:34 AM

    A very interesting page on the capital of the Artois district, often forgotten by visitors though it has great features to offer. It is good to have on VT such a page!

  • northsea's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Michele, Arras was a Flemish town called "Atrecht" We call it "de la la terre volée" haha

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2007 at 4:07 AM

    This is where one grandmother of mine came from originally. She lived near Nîmes, and listening to her, you'd have thought she was born in Siberia or something. Very interesting page. I should visit Arras.

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  • Childish's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 3:26 AM

    Nice page, Michele. Thank you for sharing. And this town looks so beautiful...


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