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Calais
Calais

Calais is a town in Northern France. It is situated at the narrowest point of the English Channel, overlooking the Dover Strait and it is because of this it became a major ferry port, connecting France to England. Since the building of the Channel Tunnel in 1994, linking Folkstone and Calais, transit between has become even easier by rail. Calais played an important role during its earlier ages, its strategic positioning gave the Romans a foothold when invading England and later the link between the two countries, supported the trading and export of materials to Europe. The main features of the town today are Place d’Armes, Hôtel de Ville (town hall) at Place du Soldat Inconnu which is now protected by UNESCO, Tour Du Guet, (watch tower) Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais (cathedral). Other attractions include, Musee des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle de Calais which displays works of art from Rodin, Cite internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais which is dedicated to the glory of Calais’ lace-making heritage and the Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale a World War II museum.