Book a ferry to Dunkirk
Dunkirk, France is one of those places that was made popular by World War II. Also known as Dunkerque in French, it is the site of some of the most interesting and intense events that shaped the Second World War. But even though the war has long been over, Dunkirk has kept itself relevant, maintaining its status as one of the places in France that is worth visiting.
Lying just 10 kilometers from the Belgian boundary, Dunkirk is an eclectic mix of cultures. In fact, Dunkirk citizens are known to be able to speak both Dutch and Flemish. To add on this, Dunkirk got its name by combining 2 Dutch words “dun” and “kerke”, which translates into “dune church”. It is not known when this city was exactly founded, but theoretically they have already existed for a thousand years already. Nowadays, Dunkirk is best known as an industrial city, being the owner of the third biggest harbor in all of France, just behind Marseille and Le Havre.
There are quite a number of tourist destinations in Dunkirk. There are a lot of buildings such as The Liar’s Tower, the Saint Eloi Church, and the Dunkirk Town Hall, that shows styling cues that reflect its colorful Flemish architectural heritage. Also, the belfry, used by astronomers to measure the length of the meridian arc between Dunkirk and Barcelona (the data obtained from this experiment was later used to produce the first prototype metre), can also be found in the city. There are also various museums that keep relics ranging from historic images to paintings. And lastly, there is the world renowned Carnival of Dunkirk.
As one of the French cities located in the Normandy area that was able to retain some of the classic cues from the Renaissance, Dunkirk is a place that is going to take your breath away. Together with its huge historical significance, this is a city is a must see for those that want to understand France’s deep heritage.
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