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Colonne de la Grande Armée (Wimille, Pas-de-Calais)

In 2019, the "National Monuments of France" (see CMN) received more than 10 million visitors. This site is one of them. The historical site "Colonne de la Grande Armée" has a unique and beautiful viewpoint(observation platform).

In the middle of a fenced park there is a 50 meter high stone tower with a large statue of Napoleon on it. Emperor Napoleon does not look at the England he is oh so eager to conquer, but turns his back on it. After paying the paltry sum of 4 EUR you may begin the climb up to the small observation platform at Napoleon's feet: 269 steps you have to do. "Bon courage!" as the French would say 😉 .

Tip: Not recommended for people who are afraid of heights, have a heart condition or are claustrophobic.

From the observation platform you have an excellent view: you can see the great basilica of Boulogne-sur-Mer, the capital of the Opal Coast, the coastal towns such as Wimmereux and, of course, the canal and, in good weather, England.

Location on Google Maps.
Official website Of the Colonne de la Grande Armée. ( opening hours )
Wikipedia page about the Colonne de la Grande Armée(French-speaking, Dutch-speaking).
Entrance to the park: free. Climbing the column: 4 EUR (July 2022).

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