Hôtel de Ville and Beffroi (Town Hall and Belfry), Arras, France

This 16th-century Flemish-Gothic structure is the centerpiece of Place de Héros and, arguably, Arras. Think it looks great for its age? It should since much of it was rebuilt after being nearly decimated in the world wars.

The 75 meter high belfry offers long views over Arras and the surrounding area. Access is provided via a lift, then a tight winding staircase of about 40 steps.

The entrance hall houses a permanent photography exhibit documenting the town’s wartime destruction. Tours of the prize rooms – Guardroom, Festival Hall, Wedding Room, Council Chamber – are available during July and August and on Sundays.

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