The Tour du Guet is a 13th-century watchtower. It is 39 metres high and features a dovecote for carrier pigeons. The tower dates from 1214, when Philip I, Count of Boulogne built fortifications in the town. Damaged by a 1580 earthquake, it was used as alighthouse until 1848, when it became a watch tower. During World War I, it served as a military post.

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Founded: 1214
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Dick de Boom (2 years ago)
Nice old to wee on modern square
PC Sanderv20v (2 years ago)
The tower was alright but the surroundings were a bit grime. I didn't like the city, sorry... ?
Shaun Phillips (2 years ago)
Everytime we just drive past but this time we decided to visit and were pleasantly surprised.
Lee Johnson (3 years ago)
Great day out lots to see and do and free parking
Yong Cabrera (3 years ago)
It's old so it's unique, we like it.
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