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History of Boulogne sur Mer

Boulogne sur Mer, a city with its roots in the ocean, a city known for its art and history


Just a short distance from the Channel Tunnel in the heart of the Opal Coast landscape, Boulogne sur Mer is here to welcome and surprise you.

2000 years of history

including the imprint left by the Romans, the English, and by Napoleon. Numerous ancient monuments and buildings testify to this heritage: the XII century Belfry, the powerful XIII century city walls, the Castle Museum which is a must for visitors, the imposing cathedral and its medieval crypt.

You will find a warm welcome in the city’s pedestrian central area with attractive shops, colourful markets and many restaurants where you can sample the tasty seafood delicacies for which the place is famous.

The fishing port, so close to the city centre, is the biggest in France. The Nausicaa ocean visitor centre is situated right beside the beach and offers the opportunity to embark on an amazing journey of discovery around our blue planet.
The history of Boulogne-sur-Mer