Belfries of Belgium and France (1999, 2005)

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Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, the twenty-three belfries in the north of France and thirty-two in Belgium showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles of architecture. Originally, a belfry was erected as a sign of communal independence obtained by charter, and as the very symbol of freedom. Compared to the keep (symbol of the seigneurs, i.e. feudal lord) and to the bell-tower (symbol of the Church), the belfry, the third tower in the urban landscape, symbolizes the power of the aldermen. Over the centuries, they came to represent the influence and wealth of the towns.  

France 2003. World Cultural Heritage. Belfry of Arras (Pas-de-Calais).

France 1942. Belfry of Arras. France 1980.Belfry of Dunkerque. France 1982. Belfry of Lille.
France 2001. Belfry of Calais. France 1949. Belfry of Lille. Air Post Stamp.

The “Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia” which were previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, are part of the transnational property “The Belfries of Belgium and France”. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in France (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section France for further information on the individual properties.  

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