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Arras, the birthplace of Robespierre, is the capital of the Pas-de-Calais department. Its two huge town squares built after being destroyed in WWI were originally created over 800 years ago. Surrounded by hundreds of Flemish-style houses and shops, the squares sit above a vast network of tunnels, which can trace their history from the French Revolution to WWI when the British Army used them as headquarters. The view over Arras from the town hall belfry is stunning and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Vimy ridge and the Canadian Monument.

Arras can be reached by TGV and makes and excellent weekend break. Although not well known it has a plethora of attractions to keep you interested and occupied: From It's town squares and Town Hall to its underground chambers.

Not to forget the Arras Citadel, It's Abbey and Cathedral. There are also tours of the WWI Battlefields of La Somme and Ypres.

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