Beffroi d’Arras, Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
The belfry of Arras is a structure of the commune of Arras , in the French department of Pas-de-Calais . Like the city hall to which it is attached, it is a historic monument .
The belfry was started during the xv th century and was completed in 1554 on Jacques Caron plans. Built in the flamboyant Gothic style , the belfry was destroyed and rebuilt twice in identical manner. The first time in 1833, because it threatened to collapse and the second time, in 1914, following the German bombings during the First World War .
While in the Middle Ages , the belfry had military functions; the bell rang the opening and closing of the city gates and the building served as a prison. Today, it is part of the heritage of Arras .
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