Abbeville Belfry

Abbeville, France

The belfry of Abbeville is one of the oldest in France, built in 1209. On 20 May 1940, during a bombing, its roof was damaged and it was only in 1986 that it was rebuilt. The belfry is one of the fifty-six belfries of Belgium and France registered in 2005 by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in recognition of its testimony to the rise of municipal power in the region and its architecture. It has housed the museum of the city since 1954.


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Founded: 1209
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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Peter Van Renterghem (9 months ago)
The Belfry of Abbeville, built in the 13th century, is one of the oldest in France and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. A symbol of the municipal liberties of Abbeville , it testifies to the municipal power obtained with the Charter received in 1187 from the Count of Ponthieu. This Charter, still preserved, is the foundation of the birth of the city of Abbeville. The belfry also houses part of the Boucher-de-Perthes museum, named after a great Abbeville prehistorian and collector of the 19th century. In front of the belfry is the statue of Admiral Courbet. Born in Abbeville in 1827, Amédée Courbet was from Abbeville to the China Sea, an unmissable figure in French maritime history at the end of the 19th century.
Martine Allain (14 months ago)
Very nice from the outside! Too bad there are only a few interior visits, by reservation...
Lexi Donne (14 months ago)
Currently closed to individuals.
Muriel A (2 years ago)
Superb monument and the museum it houses is very interesting
Catherine Janiak (2 years ago)
New Manessier room. Nice course. Some captivating paintings.
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