Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 2008
Size of heritage: 1,153 ha
- Buffer zone: 4,341 ha
Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century.
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Hotels and places to stay
Najeti Hôtel de l'Univers
Hôtel Mercure Arras Centre Gare
ibis Arras Centre Les Places
Holiday Inn Express ARRAS
Campanile - Arras Saint-Nicolas
Hôtel Les Trois Luppars
La Belle Etoile
Première Classe Arras – Saint-Laurent-Blangy – Parc Expo
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Small airport - 22 mi (35 km) Merville-Calonne Airport
Medium airport - 24 mi (39 km) Lille-Lesquin Airport
Medium airport - 24 mi (39 km) Péronne-Saint-Quentin Airport
Medium airport - 31 mi (50 km) Amiens-Glisy Airport
Medium airport - 33 mi (53 km) Brussels Airport
Large airport - 87 mi (140 km) Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Large airport - 88 mi (142 km) Paris-Orly Airport
Large airport - 109 mi (176 km) Liège Airport
Large airport - 121 mi (195 km) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Large airport - 165 mi (265 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- La Targette
- Saint Nicolas Les Arras