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Boulogne is a picturesque cobbled town with a 13th century castle overlooking the harbour. The town has more than its fair share of authentic Norman character, combining sand, seafood and a ramparted medieval quarter. The Ville Basse part of the town, largely rebuilt after heavy allied bombing, is good for shopping and strolling along the quaysides, where fishing boats can be seen unloading their catch.

Must see sights/attractions include: the 12th century belfry, the medieval castle, the gothic church of Saint Nicholas and the Cathedral basilica of Notre-Dame to name but a few.

Did You Know

The French name Boulogne comes from the Latin word Bononia, which was also the Roman name for Bologna in Italy.

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Holiday Guide
Council Website (In French)

The arms of Boulogne consist of a gold background upon which are three roundels (representing the three Counts of Boulogne), in the centre is a red shield showing a silver swan with black beak and feet.

Twinned with: -

La Plata – Argentina
Zweibrücken – Germany
Safi – Morocco
Folkestone – UK

Boulogne is one of only 5 cities of France to be allowed to have its own flag by royal decree.

The flag of Boulogne is quartered blue-yellow by a white cross with the municipal arms placed in the centre (details above).

  • Last visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Nov 23, 2015
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    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    I liked Boulogne very much and I'm building my page about this town. Greetings, Michele


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