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Le Beffroi de Rue - Rue, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 50° 16.352 E 001° 40.127
31U E 405137 N 5569780
Quick Description: [EN] The Rue belfry is a tower built on a nearly square plan and rises to 29 meters in height. [FR] Le beffroi de Rue est une tour construite sur un plan presque carré et s'élève à 29 mètres de hauteur.
Location: Hauts-de-France, France
Date Posted: 8/20/2019 9:45:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM115R6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:

"A first belfry was built in 1214, when the Comte de Ponthieu was bought from the charter which grants the communal liberties to the population of the City of Rue.

Damaged during the conflict and rebuilt after the Hundred Years War, the current belfry has a lower part dating from the fifteenth century.

The street belfry, built in chalk, is a nearly square tower, it rises to 29 meters in height. Buttresses consolidate the set at each angle. The upper part of the belfry is furnished with four cantilevered turrets topped with pepper-pot roofs. The base of these turrets rests on the foothills. The walkway connecting the watchtowers is protected by a balustrade.

From there, we discover, in good weather, vast landscapes, from the forest of Crécy to the Bay of the Somme. At the top, a pyramidal steeple is topped by a steeple where the spotter stood. The roof is covered with slate.

A spiral staircase of 75 steps provides access to the floors. On the first floor is the hall of the aldermen. On the second floor, the guards hall was used by watchmen and guards responsible for the surveillance of the city and its surroundings. Bells made it possible to warn the population in case of attack or fire.

From the guard room, one reaches the old prison located in one of the turrets. On the walls of this prison are still visible graffiti dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. "

Sources : The Belfry

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" Un premier beffroi fut construit en 1214, dès l'achat au Comte de Ponthieu de la charte qui accorde les libertés communales à la population de la Ville de Rue.

Endommagé au cours des conflits puis reconstruit après la Guerre de Cent Ans, le beffroi actuel présente une partie basse datant du XVème siècle.

Le beffroi de Rue, construit en craie, est une tour de forme presque carrée, il s’élève à 29 mètres de hauteur. Des contreforts viennent consolider l'ensemble à chaque angle. La partie haute du beffroi est garnie de quatre échauguettes en encorbellement coiffées de toitures en poivrière. La base de ces tourelles s'appuie sur les contreforts. Le chemin de ronde qui relie les échauguettes est protégé par une balustrade.

De là, on découvre, par beau temps, de vastes paysages, de la forêt de Crécy à la baie de Somme. Au sommet, un clocher pyramidal est coiffé d’un clocheton où se postait le guetteur. La toiture est recouverte d'ardoise.

Un escalier à vis de 75 marches permet d'accéder aux étages. Au premier étage se trouve la salle des échevins. Au second, la salle des gardes servait aux guetteurs et aux gardes chargés de la surveillance de la cité et des alentours. Des cloches permettaient de prévenir la population en cas d'attaque ou d'incendie.

De la salle des gardes, on accède à l'ancienne prison située dans l'une des tourelles. Sur les murs de cette prison, sont encore visibles des graffitis datant des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. "

Sources : Le Beffroi

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Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday, departure at 3 pm on Saturday, departure at 10.30 am / du mardi au vendredi, départ à 15h00, le samedi, départ à 10h30


Admission Prices:
3 € / person - Free for children under 12


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Not listed

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