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Subprefectures in France>Subprefecture and commune|image = Zone portuaire calais phare.jpg|caption = Port of Calais|map caption = Location in Pas-de-Calais|image flag = Flag of Calais.svg{{!}}border|image coat of arms = Blason ville fr Calais (Pas-de-Calais).svgArrondissement of Calais>CalaisCanton of Calais-1>Calais-1, Canton of Calais-2 and Canton of Calais-3>3|INSEE = 62193|postal code = 62100Natacha Bouchart (Les Républicains>LR)|term = 2014–2020|intercommunality = Communauté d'agglomération du Calaisis50.9480555555556format=dms|display=inline,title}}|elevation m =|elevation min m = 0|elevation max m = 18|area km2 = 33.5population_total}}population_as_of}}population_footnotes}}|population_demonym = CalaisiensCentral European Time>CET (UTC+01)|website = Town; Port}}Calais ({{IPAc-en|UK|ˈ|k|æ|l|eɪ}} {{respell|KAL|ay}}, {{IPAc-en|US|k|æ|ˈ|l|eɪ}} {{respell|kal|AY}},LPD, 3, EPD, 18, traditionally {{IPAc-en|ˈ|k|æ|l|ᵻ|s}} {{respell|KAL|iss}}, {{IPA-fr|kalɛ|lang|fr-Calais.ogg}}; ; ) is a city and major ferry port in northern France in the department of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sub-prefecture. Although Calais is by far the largest city in Pas-de-Calais, the department's prefecture is its third-largest city of Arras. The population of the metropolitan area at the 2010 census was 126,395.{{citation needed|date=April 2018}} Calais overlooks the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, which is only {{convert|34|km|mi|abbr=on}} wide here, and is the closest French town to England. The White Cliffs of Dover can easily be seen on a clear day from Calais. Calais is a major port for ferries between France and England, and since 1994, the Channel Tunnel has linked nearby Coquelles to Folkestone by rail.Due to its position, Calais since the Middle Ages has been a major port and a very important centre for transport and trading with England. Calais came under English control after Edward III of England captured the city in 1347, followed by a treaty in 1360 that formally assigned Calais to English rule. Calais grew into a thriving centre for wool production, and came to be called the "brightest jewel in the English crown" owing to its great importance as the gateway for the tin, lead, lace and wool trades (or "staples"). Calais remained under English control until its capture by France in 1558. The town was virtually razed to the ground during World War II, when in May 1940, it was a strategic bombing target of the invading German forces who took the town during the Siege of Calais. During World War II, the Germans built massive bunkers along the coast in preparation for launching missiles on England.The old part of the town, Calais proper (known as Calais-Nord), is situated on an artificial island surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern part of the town, St-Pierre, lies to the south and south-east. In the centre of the old town is the Place d'Armes, in which stands the Tour du Guet, or watch-tower, a structure built in the 13th century, which was used as a lighthouse until 1848 when a new lighthouse was built by the port. South east of the Place is the church of Notre-Dame, built during the English occupancy of Calais. It is arguably the only church built in the English perpendicular style in all of France. In this church former French President Charles de Gaulle married his wife Yvonne Vendroux. South of the Place and opposite the Parc St Pierre is the Hôtel-de-ville (the town hall), and the belfry from the early 20th century. Today, Calais is visited by more than 10 million annually. Aside from being a key transport hub, Calais is also a notable fishing port and a centre for fish marketing, and some 3,000 people are still employed in the lace industry for which the town is also famed.


Early history

The early history of habitation in the area is limited. The Romans called the settlement Caletum. Julius Caesar mustered 800 to 1,000 sailing boats, five legions and some 2,000 horses at Calais, due to its strategic position, to attack Britannia.WEB,weblink History,, 5 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 7 February 2012, The English could hold on to it for so many centuries because it remained an island surrounded by marshes, and therefore almost impossible to attack from the land. At some time before the 10th century, it would have been a Flemish-speaking fishing village on a sandy beach backed by pebbles and a creek,Delattre, Ch., Mériaux, E. and Waterlot, M. (1973) Région du nord : Flandre, Artois, Boulonnais, Picardie, Guides géologiques régionaux, Paris : Masson, {{ISBN|2-225-36795-7}}, Fig. 18 with a natural harbourBOOK, Thomas Cook Ltd, Cook's tourist's handbook for Holland, Belgium, and the Rhine,weblink 5 February 2012, 1877, Thomas Cook & Son, at the west edge of the early medieval estuary of the River Aa. As the pebble and sand ridge extended eastward from Calais, the haven behind it developed into fen, as the estuary progressively filled with silt and peat. Afterwards, canals were cut between Saint-Omer, the trading centre formerly at the head of the estuary, and three places to the west, centre and east on the newly formed coast: respectively Calais, Gravelines and Dunkirk.The pre-siltation counterpart of Dunkirk was Bergues. Calais was improved by the Count of Flanders in 997 and fortified by the Count of Boulogne in 1224.The first document mentioning the existence of this community is the town charter granted by Mathieu d'Alsace, Count of Boulogne, in 1181 to Gerard de Guelders; Calais thus became part of the county of Boulogne.BOOK, Malo, Henri, Un grand feudataire, Renaud de Dammartin et la coalition de Bouvines: contribution a l'étude du règne de Philippe-Auguste,weblink 5 February 2012, 1898, H. Champion, In 1189, Richard the Lionheart is documented to have landed at Calais on his journey to the Third Crusade.

14th–15th century – the Pale of Calais

File:LeDevouementDesBourgeoisDeCalais.jpg|thumb|upright|"Le Devouement des Bourgeois de Calais 1347", "The Devotion of the Burghers of Calais". Philippa of HainaultPhilippa of HainaultEnglish wool trade interests and King Edward III's claims to be heir to the Kingdom of France led to the Battle of Crécy between England and France in 1346,BOOK, Tucker, Spencer, A global chronology of conflict: from the ancient world to the modern Middle East,weblink 5 February 2012, 23 December 2009, ABC-CLIO, 978-1-85109-667-1, 304, followed by Edward's siege and capture of Calais in 1347.BOOK, Baldwin, Thomas, Lippincott's pronouncing gazetteer: a complete pronouncing gazetteer or geographical dictionary of the world ...,weblink 5 February 2012, 1856, J.B. Lippincott, 332, Angered, the English king demanded reprisals against the town's citizens for holding out for so long ("obstinate defense") and ordered that the town's population be killed en masse{{citation needed|date=April 2018}}. He agreed, however, to spare them, on condition that six of the principal citizens would come to him, bareheaded and barefooted and with ropes around their necks, and give themselves up to death.BOOK, Goodrich, Samuel Griswold, A pictorial history of France,weblink 5 February 2012, 1861, E.H. Butler & Co., 124, On their arrival he ordered their execution, but pardoned them when his queen, Philippa of Hainault, begged him to spare their lives.BOOK, Larrington, Carolyne, Women and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook,weblink 5 February 2012, 1 January 2004, Taylor and Francis, 978-0-203-35824-5, 180, BOOK, Tresemer, David Ward, Schiappacasse, Robert, Star wisdom & Rudolf Steiner: a life seen through the oracle of the solar cross,weblink 5 February 2012, 7 February 2007, SteinerBooks, 978-0-88010-574-3, 277, This event is commemorated in The Burghers of Calais (Les Bourgeois de Calais), one of the most famous sculptures by Auguste Rodin, erected in the city in 1895.BOOK, Elsen, Albert Edward, Jamison, Rosalyn Frankel, Barryte, Bernard, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Rodin's art: the Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University,weblink 5 February 2012, 13 March 2003, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-513381-3, 65, Though sparing the lives of the delegation members, King Edward drove out most of the French inhabitants, and settled the town with English. The municipal charter of Calais, previously granted by the Countess of Artois, was reconfirmed by Edward that year (1347).BOOK, Finance and Trade Under Edward Iii.,weblink 5 February 2012, Manchester University Press ND, 12, GGKEY:ZB8KKXHK4QY, (File:VlaanderenArtesie1477.png|left|thumb|220x220px|Map showing the situation of 1477, with Calais, the English Pale and neighbouring counties)In 1360 the Treaty of Brétigny assigned Guînes, Marck and Calais—collectively the "Pale of Calais"—to English rule in perpetuity, but this assignment was informally and only partially implemented.BOOK, Grummitt, David, The Calais Garrison: war and military service in England, 1436–1558,weblink 5 February 2012, 2008, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 978-1-84383-398-7, 143, On 9 February 1363 the town was made a staple port.BOOK, Rose, Susan, Calais: an English town in France, 1347–1558,weblink 5 February 2012, 2008, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 978-1-84383-401-4, 44, It had by 1372 become a parliamentary borough sending burgesses to the House of Commons of the Parliament of England.BOOK, Smith, William, A new history and survey of the cities of London and Westminster, and the borough of Southwark,weblink 5 February 2012, 1833, published by Effingham Wilson, 88, Royal Exchange, 321, It remained part of the Diocese of Thérouanne from 1379, keeping an ecclesiastical tie with France.BOOK, Patourel, John Le, Feudal empires: Norman and Plantagenet,weblink 5 February 2012, 1984, Continuum International Publishing Group, 978-0-907628-22-4, 1, The town came to be called the "brightest jewel in the English crown" owing to its great importance as the gateway for the tin, lead, cloth and wool trades (or "staples").BOOK, Froude, James Anthony, History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the defeat of the Spanish Armada,weblink 5 February 2012, 1870, Longmans, Green and Co, 75, Its customs revenues amounted at times to a third of the English government's revenue, with wool being the most important element by far. Of its population of about 12,000 people, as many as 5,400 were recorded as having been connected with the wool trade. The governorship or Captaincy of Calais was a lucrative and highly prized public office; the famous Dick Whittington was simultaneously Lord Mayor of the City of London and Mayor of the Staple in 1407.BOOK, Arnold-Baker, Charles, The companion to British history,weblink 5 February 2012, 2001, Routledge, 978-0-415-18583-7, 220, File:MarchesOfCalaisTempHenryVIII.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The Marches of Calais temp. Henry VIII. (Top: south, bottom:north): "Cales Market" within citadel, shown at bottom, top "Gyenes Castel", bottom left "Graveling", bottom right "Sand Gat"]]Calais was regarded for many years as being an integral part of the Kingdom of England, with its representatives sitting in the English Parliament. The continued English hold on Calais however depended on expensively maintained fortifications, as the town lacked any natural defences. Maintaining Calais was a costly business that was frequently tested by the forces of France and the Duchy of Burgundy, with the Franco-Burgundian border running nearby.BOOK, The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet,weblink 5 February 2012, 1853, 262, The British historian Geoffrey Elton once remarked "Calais—expensive and useless—was better lost than kept".Rose (2008), p.172 The duration of the English hold over Calais was, to a large extent, the result of the feud between Burgundy and France, under which both sides coveted the town, but preferred to see it in the hands of the English rather than their domestic rivals. The stalemate was broken by the victory of the French crown over Burgundy following Joan of Arc's final battle in the Siege of Compiègne in 1430, and the later incorporation of the duchy into France.BOOK, Villalon, L. J. Andrew, Kagay, Donald J., The Hundred Years War: a wider focus,weblink 5 February 2012, 2005, BRILL, 978-90-04-13969-5, 430,

16th century

In 1532, English king Henry VIII visited Calais and his men calculated that the town had about 2400 beds and stabling to keep some 2000 horses.BOOK, Calais, The chronicle of Calais, in the reigns of Henry vii, and Henry viii, John Gough Nichols,weblink 5 February 2012, 1846, 26, In September 1552, the English adventurer Thomas Stukley, who had been for some time in the French service, betrayed to the authorities in London some French plans for the capture of Calais, to be followed by a descent upon England.BOOK, Froude, James Anthony, History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth,weblink 5 February 2012, 1860, Parker, 453, Stukley himself might have been the author of these plans.On 7 January 1558, king Henry II of France sent forces led by Francis, Duke of Guise, who laid siege to Calais.BOOK, Groot, Wim de, The seventh window: the king's window donated by Philip II and Mary Tudor to Sint Janskerk in Gouda (1557),weblink 5 February 2012, 2005, Uitgeverij Verloren, 978-90-6550-822-5, 25, When the French attacked, they were able to surprise the English at the critical strongpoint of Fort Nieulay and the sluice gates, which could have flooded the attackers, remained unopened.BOOK, The London encyclopaedia: or Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, comprising a popular view of the present state of knowledge,weblink 5 February 2012, 1829, 15, The loss was regarded by Queen Mary I of England as a dreadful misfortune. When she heard the news, she reportedly said, "When I am dead and opened, you shall find 'Philip' [her husband] and 'Calais' lying in my heart."Holinshed, Raphael (1808) [1586] Holinshed's chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, Vol. 4 (England), Ellis, Sir H. (ed.), London : J. Johnson et al., 952 p. The region around Calais, then-known as the Calaisis, was renamed the Pays Reconquis ("Reconquered Country") in commemoration of its recovery by the French.BOOK, Turpyn, Richard, The chronicle of Calais: in the reigns of Henry VII. and Henry VIII. to the year 1540,weblink 5 February 2012, 1846, British Library, Printed for the Camden Society by J.B. Nichols, 24, Use of the term is reminiscent of the Spanish Reconquista, with which the French were certainly familiar—and, since it occurred in the context of a war with Spain (Philip II of Spain was at the time Queen Mary's consort), might have been intended as a deliberate snub.BOOK, Larousse, Pierre, Grand Larousse encyclopédique,weblink 5 February 2012, 1960, Librarire Larousse, 59, The town was captured by the Spanish on 24 April 1596 in an invasion mounted from the nearby Spanish Netherlands by Archduke Albert of Austria, but it was returned to France under the Treaty of Vervins in May 1598.BOOK, Crowe, Eyre Evans, The history of France,weblink 5 February 2012, 1830, Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 368,

17th century to World War I

(File:Calais Town Hall tower.jpg|thumb|Calais Town Hall tower)Calais remained an important maritime city and smuggling centre throughout the 17th century. However, during the next century the port of Calais began to stagnate gradually, as the nearby ports of Boulogne and Dunkirk began to rise and compete.The French revolution at the end of the 18th century did not disturb Calais and no executions took place.WEB,weblink The Edinburgh gazetteer, In 1805, Calais hosted part of Napoleon's army and invasion fleet for several months before his aborted invasion of Britain.BOOK, Whitfield, Dr. Peter, Cities of the world: a history in maps,weblink 5 February 2012, 10 October 2005, University of California Press, 978-0-520-24725-3, 57, From October to December 1818, the British army used Calais as their departing port to return home after occupying post-Waterloo France. General Murray appointed Sir Manley Power to oversee the evacuation of British troops from France. Cordial relations had been restored by that time and on 3 December the mayor of Calais wrote a letter to Power to express thanks for his "considerate treatment of the French and of the town of Calais during the embarkation."Herefordshire Record Office, Reference E60/IV/14, The Old Barracks, Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QXThe British Expeditionary Force or BEF arrived in Calais on its way to the nearby frontline cutting through Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Flanders. Calais was a key port for the supply of arms and reinforcements to the Western Front.BOOK, Halpern, Paul G., A naval history of World War I,weblink 5 February 2012, 28 September 1995, Psychology Press, 978-1-85728-498-0, 349, In the 1930s, the town was known for being a politically socialist stronghold.BOOK, Perry, Matt, Prisoners of want: the experience and protest of the unemployed in France, 1921–45,weblink 5 February 2012, 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-5607-4, 146,

World War II

(File:Old bunkers at Calais 1 (Piotr Kuczynski).jpg|thumb|right|World War II bunkers at Calais)(File:Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-383-0337-19, Frankreich, Calais, zerstörte Fahrzeuge.jpg|thumb|right|Debris from the Siege of Calais)Calais was virtually razed to the ground during World War II.BOOK, Michelin, Michelin Green Guide France,weblink 5 February 2012, 16 April 2010, Michelin Apa Publications, 978-1-906261-78-8, 412, In May 1940, it was a key objective of the invading German forces and became the scene of a last-ditch defence—the Siege of Calais—which diverted a sizable amount of German forces for several days immediately prior to the Battle of Dunkirk. Three thousand British and 800 French troops, assisted by Royal Navy warships, held out from 22 to 27 May 1940 against the 10th Panzer Division. The town was flattened by artillery and precision dive bombing and only 30 of the 3800-strong defending force were evacuated before the town fell. This may have helped Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied forces at Dunkirk, as 10th Panzer would have been involved on the Dunkirk perimeter had it not been busy at Calais.BOOK, Mitcham, Samuel W., The rise of the Wehrmacht: the German armed forces and World War II,weblink 5 February 2012, 2008, ABC-CLIO, 978-0-275-99659-8, 325, Between 26 May and 4 June 1940, some 330,000 Allied troops escaped from the Germans at Dunkirk.BOOK, Apple, David J., Sir Harold Ridley and his fight for sight: he changed the world so that we may better see it,weblink 5 February 2012, 10 September 2006, SLACK Incorporated, 978-1-55642-786-2, 118, During the ensuing German occupation, it became the command post for German forces in the Pas-de-Calais/Flanders region and was very heavily fortified, as it was generally believed by the Germans that the Allies would invade at that point.BOOK, Rider, Nick, Short Breaks Northern France, 2nd,weblink 5 February 2012, 1 May 2005, New Holland Publishers, 978-1-86011-183-9, 32, It was also used as a launch site for V1 flying bombs and for much of the war, the Germans used the region as the site for railway guns used to bombard the south-eastern corner of England. In 1943 they built massive bunkers along the coast in preparation for launching missiles on the southeast of England.BOOK, Kirsch, Scott, Flint, Colin, Reconstructing Conflict: Integrating War and Post-War Geographies,weblink 5 February 2012, 16 May 2011, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-1-4094-0470-5, 160, Despite heavy preparations for defence against an amphibious assault, the Allied invasion took place well to the west in Normandy on D-Day. Calais was very heavily bombed and shelled in a successful effort to disrupt German communications and persuade them that the Allies would target the Pas-de-Calais for invasion (rather than Normandy). The town, by then largely in ruins, was laid siege to liberated by General Daniel Spry's 3rd Canadian Infantry Division between 25 September and 1 October 1944.BOOK, Chant, Christopher, The encyclopedia of codenames of World War II,weblink 5 February 2012, 1 January 1986, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 978-0-7102-0718-0, 312, On 27 February 1945 Calais suffered a last bombing raid—this time by British bombers who mistook the town for Dunkirk, which was at that time still occupied by German forces.BOOK, Vance, Mark A., Flight of the Forgotten,weblink 5 February 2012, 19 May 2011, Mark Alan Vance, 978-0-615-47376-5, 157, After the war there was little rebuilding of the historic city and most buildings were modern ones.

21st century – migration issues

Since 1999 or earlier, an increasingly large number of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers started to arrive in the vicinity of Calais, living in the Calais jungle, the nickname given to a series of makeshift camps. The people lived there while they attempted to enter the United Kingdom by stowing away on lorries, ferries, cars, or trains travelling through the Port of Calais or the Eurotunnel Calais Terminal.NEWS,weblink BBC News, 'Hundreds' of migrants now target Eurotunnel every night, 25 July 2015, The people were a mix of asylum seekers and economic migrants from Darfur, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and other underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia.The Calais migrant crisisNEWS,weblink RTÉ News, Cameron expects migrant crisis to last all summer, 31 July 2015, led to escalating tension between the UK and France in the summer of 2015.WEB,weblink The Calais migrant problem: a continual drip of poison in Anglo-French relations, Angelique Chrisafis, the Guardian, The UK blamed France for not doing enough to stop migrants from entering the tunnel or making attempts to scale fences built along the border. The British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement saying that illegal immigrants would be removed from the UK even if they reached the island.WEB,weblink Cameron chairs Cobra meeting after overnight standoff in Calais, Josh Halliday, the Guardian, To discourage migrants and refugees from jumping on train shuttles at Calais, the UK government supplied fencing to be installed in the Eurotunnel where the vehicles are loaded onto train shuttles in Calais.On 26 October 2016, French authorities announced that the camp had been clearedweblink

Geography and climate

{{stack|float=right|(File:LondonCalaisParis.png|thumb|right|upright=1.25|Map showing Calais in relation to London and Paris)(File:Map of Calais.png|thumb|right|upright=1.25|Map of Calais)}}Calais is located on the Pas de Calais, which marks the boundary between the English Channel and North Sea and located at the opposite end of the Channel Tunnel, {{convert|34|km|0|abbr=off}} from Dover. On a clear day the White cliffs of Dover can be viewed across the channel.BOOK, Anderson, David, Modern law of the sea: selected essays,weblink 5 February 2012, 2008, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 978-90-04-15891-7, 169, Aside from being an important port and boarding point between France and England, it is at the nucleus of many major railway and highway networks and connected by road to Arras, Lens, Béthune and St. Omer. Dunkirk is located about {{convert|37|km|0|abbr=on}} to the east.WEB,weblink Distance entre Dunkerque et Calais en voiture,, fr, 18 December 2018, Calais is located {{convert|236|km|0|abbr=on}} north of the French capital of Paris, or around {{convert|295|km|0|abbr=on}} by car.WEB,weblink Distance entre Paris et Calais en voiture,, fr, 18 December 2018, The commune of Calais is bordered by the English channel to the north, Sangatte and Coquelles to the west, Coulogne to the south and Marck to the east. The core area of the city is divided into the Old Town area within the old city walls, and the younger suburbs of St. Pierre, which are connected by a boulevard.Calais is part of the Côte d'Opale (Opal Coast), a cliff-lined section of northern French coast that parallels the white cliffs on the British coast and is part of the same geological formation. It is known for its scenic cliffs such as Cape Blanc Nez and Cape Gris Nez and for its wide area of dunes. Many artists have been inspired by its landscapes, among them the composer Henri Dutilleux, the writers Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens, and the painters J. M. W. Turner, Carolus-Duran, Maurice Boitel and Eugène Boudin. It was the painter {{ill|Édouard Lévêque|fr|Edward Lévêque|vertical-align=sup}} who coined the name for this area in 1911 to describe the distinctive quality of its light.Le Touquet-Paris-Plage à l’aube de son nouveau siècle, éditions Flandres-Artois-Côte d’Opale, 1982, p.22Calais has a temperate oceanic climate (Cfb in the Koeppen climate classification). Temperature ranges are moderate and the winters are cool with unstable weather. It rains on average about {{convert|700|to|800|mm|0|abbr=on}} per year.{{Clear}}{{Calais weatherbox}}The commune of Calais is divided into 13 quartiers :{{div col|colwidth=22em}} {{div col end}}


Changes in the number of inhabitants is known throughout the population censuses conducted since 1793 in Calais. Note the massive growth in population from 13,529 in 1881 to 58,969 in 1886, a growth of 335.9%; this is because the city of Saint Pierre merged with Calais in 1885. According to the census INSEE of 2008, Calais has 74,817 people (a decrease of 3% from 1999).Populations légales 2008 de la commune : Calais sur le site de l'Insee The town's population ranked 60th nationally, down from 53rd in 1999.{{Historical populations|state = collapsed
| 1793 | 6549
| 1800 | 6996
| 1806 | 8102
| 1821 | 8854
| 1831 | 10437
| 1836 | 10865
| 1841 | 12508
| 1846 | 11444
| 1851 | 10993
| 1856 | 11969
| 1861 | 12934
| 1866 | 12727
| 1872 | 12843
| 1876 | 12573
| 1881 | 13529
| 1886 | 58969
| 1891 | 56867
| 1896 | 56940
| 1901 | 59743
| 1906 | 66627
| 1911 | 72322
| 1921 | 73001
| 1926 | 71629
| 1931 | 70213
| 1936 | 67568
| 1946 | 50048
| 1954 | 60340
| 1962 | 70372
| 1968 | 74624
| 1975 | 78820
| 1982 | 76527
| 1990 | 75309
| 1999 | 77317
| 2006 | 74888
| 2009 | 74336
| source = Base Cassini de l'EHESS jusqu'en 1962,
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, Recensement de la population au 5 February 2006
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(File:Calaiscentreville.jpg|thumb|upright|Town centre)The city's proximity to England has made it a major port for centuries. It is the principal ferry crossing point between England and France, with the vast majority of Channel crossings being made between Dover and Calais. Companies operating from Calais include SeaFrance (currently in liquidationNEWS,weblink SeaFrance ferry firm sunk by legal ruling on French bailout, The Guardian, 9 January 2012, 5 February 2012, London, Kim, Willsher, ), DFDS Seaways,WEB,weblink DFDS Seaways, DFDS Seaways, 16 December 2012, and P&O Ferries.WEB,weblink P&O Ferries, P&O Ferries, 5 February 2012, The French end of the Channel Tunnel is situated in the vicinity of Calais, in Coquelles some {{convert|4|mi|km}} to the west of the town. Calais possesses direct rail links to Paris, {{convert|148|mi|km}} to the south. More than 10 million people visit Calais annually.From medieval times, English companies thrived in Calais. Calais was a particularly important centre in the production and trade of wool and cloth, which outweighed the costs of maintaining the town as part of England. In 1830 some 113 manufacturers were based in Calais and the St Pierre suburbs, the majority of which were English. There are still two major lace factories in Calais with around 700 looms and 3000 employees.Ruler (2011), p.69 The town exports in the early 20th century were lace, chemicals, paper, wines, especially champagne, spirits, hay, straw, wool, potatoes, woven goods, fruit, glass-ware, lace and metal-ware.Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed. 1911 Principal imports in the early 20th century included cotton and silk goods, coal, iron and steel, petroleum, timber, raw wool, cotton yarn and cork. During the five years 1901–1905 the average annual value of exports was £8,388,000 (£6,363,000 in the years 1896–1900), of imports £4,145,000 (£3,759,000 in 1896–1900).As a fishing port, Calais has several notable fishing markets including Les Délices de la Mer and Huîtrière Calaisenne on the Boulevard La Fayette, the latter of which is noted for its oysters, lobster and crabs from Brittany. The Emile Fournier et Fils market on the Rue Mouron sells mainly smoked fish including salmon, trout, herring and halibut.Ruler (2011), p.66

Notable landmarks

Place d'Armes

File:Calais - Tour du Guet.jpg|thumb|right|The bustling Place d'Armes and the Tour du GuetTour du GuetPlace d'Armes is one of the largest squares in the city of Calais. It adjoins the watchtower, and during medieval times was once the heart of the city. While Calais was a territory of England (1347–1558), it became known as Market Square (place du Marché). Only at the end of English rule did it take the name of Place d'Armes. After the reconquest of Calais in 1558 by Francis, Duke of Guise, Francis II gave Calais the right to hold a fair twice a year on the square, which still exists today, as well as a bustling Wednesday and Saturday market.WEB,weblink Place d'Armes, Calais, 5 February 2012,

Hôtel de Ville

The town centre, which has seen significant regeneration over the past decade, is dominated by its distinctive town hall (Hôtel de Ville) at Place du Soldat Inconnu. It was built in the Flemish Renaissance style between 1911 and 1925 to commemorate the unification of the cities of Calais and Saint Pierre in 1885.WEB,weblink Hôtel de Ville, Calais, 5 February 2012, A previous town hall had been erected in 1818.BOOK, Demotier, Charles, Annales de Calais,weblink 5 February 2012, 1856, L'auteur, 345, One of the most elegant landmarks in the city, its ornate 74-metre (246 ft) high clock tower and belfry can be seen from out to sea and chimes throughout the day and has been protected by UNESCO since 2005 as part of a series of belfries across the region.BOOK, Fréret, Sophie, Balédent, Martin, Nord Pas-de-Calais Picardie,weblink 5 February 2012, 2007, MICHELIN, 978-2-06-712165-2, 73, The building parts have also been listed as a series of historic monuments by government decree of 26 June 2003, including its roofs and belfry, main hall, glass roof, the staircase, corridor serving the first floor, the rooms on the first floor (including decoration): the wedding room, the VIP lounge, the lounge of the council and the cabinet room. The hall has stained glass windows and numerous paintings and exquisite decor. It houses police offices.

Église Notre-Dame

(File:Calais - Eglise Notre-Dame.jpg|thumb|right|Église Notre-Dame)Église Notre-Dame is a cathedral which was originally built in the late 13th century and its tower was added in the late 14th or early 15th century. Like the town hall it is one of the city's most prominent landmarks. It was arguably the only church in the English perpendicular style in France.WEB,weblink Notre Dame Church,, 5 February 2012, Much of the current 1400 capacity church dates to 1631–1635. It contains elements of Flemish, Gothic, Anglo-Norman and Tudor architecture. In 1691, an 1800 cubic metre cistern was added to the church under orders by Vauban.WEB,weblink Notre Dame Church, Calais, 5 February 2012, The church is dedicated to the Virgin, and built in the form of a cross, consisting of a nave and four aisles—BOOK, Calton, Robert Bell, Annals and legends of Calais,weblink 5 February 2012, 1852, J. R. Smith, 89, The old grand altar dated to 1628 and was built from Carrara marble wrecked on the coast, during its transit from Genoa to Antwerp. It contained eighteen figures, the two standing on either side of the altar-piece—representing St. Louis and Charlemagne. The organ—of a deep and mellow tone, and highly ornamented by figures in relief—was built at Canterbury sometime around 1700. The pulpit and reading-desk, richly sculptured in oak, is another well-executed piece of ecclesiastical workmanship from St. Omers. The altar-piece, the Assumption, was often attributed to Anthony van Dyck, though in reality it is by Gerard Seghers; whilst the painting over the side altar, once believed to be by Peter Paul Rubens is in fact by Pieter Van Mol. A high and strongly built wall, partaking more of the fortress than a cathedral in its aspect, flanks the building, and protects it from the street where formerly ran the old river, in its course through Calais to the sea.The square, massive Norman tower has three-arched belfry windows on each face, surmounted by corner turrets, and a conically-shaped tower of octagonal proportions, topped again by a short steeple. The tower was a main viewing point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790) which linked the Paris Observatory with the Royal Greenwich Observatory using trigonometry. Cross-channel sightings were made of signal lights at Dover Castle and Fairlight, East Sussex.The church was assigned as a historic monument by decree of 10 September 1913, only to have its stained glass smashed during a Zeppelin bombardment on 15 January 1915, falling through the roof.BOOK, Michelin / MFPM, Nord Pas-de-Calais Picardie,weblink 5 February 2012, 15 February 2010, Michelin, 978-2-06-714775-1, 106, BOOK, Information quarterly,weblink 5 February 2012, 1916, R.R. Bowker, General de Gaulle married Yvonne Vendroux on 6 April 1921 at the cathedral. The building experienced extensive damage during World War II, and was partially rebuilt, although much of the old altar and furnishings were not replaced.


(File:P1040491 tour du guet et phare Calais.JPG|thumb|right|Tour de Guet)The Tour du Guet (Watch Tower), situated in Calais Nord on the Places d'Armes, is one of the few surviving pre-war buildings. Dating from 1229, when Philip I, Count of Boulogne, built the fortifications of Calais, it is one of the oldest monuments of Calais, although the oldest remaining traces date to 1302.WEB,weblink Le Tour de Guet,, 5 February 2012, It has a height of 35–39 metres (sources differ). An earthquake in 1580 split the tower in two, and at one time it threatened to collapse completely.BOOK, Lepage, Jean-Denis G. G., British Fortifications Through the Reign of Richard III: An Illustrated History,weblink 5 February 2012, 30 December 2011, McFarland, 978-0-7864-5918-6, 276, The tower was repaired in 1606, and then had the purpose of serving as a hall to accommodate the merchants of Calais. It was damaged in 1658 when a young stable boy set fire to it, while it was temporarily being used as royal stables during a visit of King Louis XIV.BOOK, Lefèbvre, Histoire de la ville de Calais et du Calaisis: précis de l'histoire de Morins,weblink 5 February 2012, 1766, Lebure, 606, It was not repaired for some 30 years. In 1770,BOOK, Rider, Nick, Short Breaks Northern France, 2nd,weblink 5 February 2012, 1 May 2005, New Holland Publishers, 978-1-86011-183-9, 29, a bell identical to the original bell of 1348 was cast. Due to its height, from the late 17th century it became an important watchout post for the city for centuries until 1905; the last keeper of the tower was forced to leave in 1926. Abraham Chappe, (a brother of Ignace Chappe) installed a telegraph office in the tower in 1816 and operated for 32 years. It was this office which announced the death of Napoleon I to the French public in 1821. It also had the dual function as lighthouse with a rotating beacon fuelled by oil from 1818. The lantern was finally replaced by a new lighthouse on 15 October 1848. During the First World War, it served as a military observation post and narrowly missed destruction during World War II. This tower has been classified as a historic monument since 6 November 1931.The Calais Lighthouse (Le phare de Calais) was built in 1848, replacing the old watch tower as the lighthouse of the port. The {{convert|55|m|ft|adj=mid|-high}} tower was electrified in 1883 and automated in 1992. The staircase has 271 steps leading up to the lantern. By day it is easily distinguishable from other coastal lighthouses by its white color and black lantern. The lighthouse was classified as a historical monument on 22 November 2010.


(File:Citadelle de Calais - La Porte de Neptune.JPG|thumb|right|The Citadel of Calais)The Citadel, located on the Avenue Pierre Coubertin, was built between 1560 and 1571 on the site of a former medieval castle which was built in 1229 by Philippe de Hureprel.WEB,weblink La Citadelle,, 5 February 2012, Its purpose of its construction was to fend off would-be invaders, but it wasn't long until the city was successfully invaded by Archduke Albert of Austria on 24 April 1596. Both Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu at one time considered expanding the citadel and Calais into a great walled city for military harbour purposes but the proposals came to nothing.Fort Risban, located on the coast on the Avenue Raymond Poincaré at the port entrance, was built by the English to prevent supplies reaching Calais by sea during the siege in November 1346 and continued to be occupied by them until 1558 when Calais was restored to France. In 1596, the fort was captured by the Spanish Netherlands until May 1598 when it was returned to the French following the Treaty of Vervins. It was rebuilt in 1640.BOOK, Lepage, Jean-Denis G. G., French Fortifications, 1715–1815: An Illustrated History,weblink 5 February 2012, 30 November 2009, McFarland, 978-0-7864-4477-9, 185, Vauban, who visited the fort some time in the 1680s, described it as "a home for owls, and place to hold the Sabbath" rather than a fortification.WEB,weblink Fort Risban,, 5 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 8 February 2012, During World War II it served as an air raid shelter. It contains the Lancaster Tower, a name often given to the fort itself.BOOK, Lepage, Jean-Denis G. G., British Fortifications Through the Reign of Richard III: An Illustrated History,weblink 5 February 2012, 30 December 2011, McFarland, 978-0-7864-5918-6, 275, Fort Nieulay, located along the Avenue Roger Salengro originally dated to the 12th or 13th century. During the English invasion in 1346, sluices gates were added as water defences and a fort was built up around it in 1525 on the principle that the people of the fort could defend the town by flooding it.WEB,weblink Fort Nieulay,, 5 February 2012, In April and May 1677, Louis XIV and Vauban visited Calais and ordered a complete rebuilding of Fort Nieulay. It was completed in 1679, with the purpose to protect the bridge of Nieulay crossing the Hames River.BOOK, Lepage, Jean-Denis, Vauban and the French military under Louis XIV: an illustrated history of fortifications and strategies,weblink 5 February 2012, 2010, McFarland, 978-0-7864-4401-4, 151, By 1815 the fort had fallen into a ruined state and it wasn't until 1903 that it was sold and improved by its farmer tenants. The fort was briefly the site of a low-key scuffle with Germans in May 1940.

Museums, theatres and cultural centres

(File:Calais theatre.jpg|thumb|right|Calais Theatre)Calais contains several museums. These include the Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle de Calais, Cité internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais and the Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (World War II museum). Cité internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais is a lace and fashion museum located in an old Boulart factory on the canalside and contains workshops, a library and a restaurant and regularly puts on fashion shows. The World War II museum is located at Parc St Pierre opposite the town hall and south of the train station. The building is a former Nazi bunker and wartime military headquarters, built in 1941 by the Todt Organisation. The 194-metre-long structure contains twenty rooms with relics and photographs related to World War II, and one room dedicated to World War I.WEB,weblink War Museum, Calais, 5 February 2012, Theatres and cultural centres include Le théâtre municipal, Le Centre Culturel Gérard Philipe, Le Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental (CRD), L'auditorium Didier Lockwood, L'École d'Art de Calais, Le Channel, Le Cinéma Alhambra and La Médiathèque municipale. Le théâtre municipal or Calais Theatre is located on the Boulevard Lafayette and was built in 1903 on a plot of land which was used as a cemetery between 1811 and 1871.WEB,weblink Calais Theatre,, 5 February 2012, The theatre opened in 1905. On the first floor of the façade are statues which represent the performing arts subjects of Poetry, Comedy, Dance and Music.

Monuments and memorials

File:Calais statue bourgeois.jpg|thumb|right|The Burghers of CalaisThe Burghers of Calais(File:Calais colonne louis XVIII.JPG|thumb|right|Louis XVIII column)Directly in front of the town hall is a bronze cast of Les Bourgeois de Calais ("The Burghers of Calais"), a sculpture by Auguste Rodin to commemorate six men who were to have been executed by Edward III in 1347. The cast was erected in 1895, funded by a public grant of 10,000 francs. Rodin (who based his design on a fourteenth-century account by Jean Froissart) intended to evoke the viewer's sympathy by emphasizing the pained expressions of the faces of the six men about to be executed.The Monument des Sauveteurs ("Rescuers' Monument") was installed in 1899 on Boulevard des Alliés, and transferred to the Quartier of Courgain in 1960. It is a bronze sculpture, attributed to Edward Lormier. The Monument Le Pluviôse is a {{convert|620|kg|0|abbr=on}} bronze monument built in 1912 by Émile Oscar Guillaume on the centre of the roundabout near the beach of Calais, commemorating the accidental sinking of the submarine Pluviôse in May 1910, off the beach by the steamer Pas de Calais.BOOK, Chisholm, Hugh, The Britannica year book,weblink 5 February 2012, 1913, The Encyclopœdia Britannica Company, Ltd., Armand Fallières, president of the Republic, and his government came to Calais for a state funeral for its 27 victims. One of these victims, Delpierre Auguste, (1889–1910), drowned at age 21 before the beach at Calais; a dock in the city is named for him. The monument was dedicated on 22 June 1913.Monument "Jacquard" was erected on the square in 1910, opposite the entrance to the Calais theatre. It commemorates Joseph Marie Jacquard, popular in Calais because of his contribution to the development of lace through his invention of the Jacquard loom.BOOK, Muirhead, Findlay, Monmarché, Marcel, North-eastern France,weblink 5 February 2012, 1930, Macmillan & co. ltd, 16–17, A tall column in the Courgain area of the city commemorates a visit by Louis XVIII.Parc Richelieu, a garden behind the war memorial, was built in 1862 on the old city ramparts and redesigned in 1956.BOOK, Monuments historiques,weblink 5 February 2012, 1 January 1986, Caisse nationale des monuments historiques, It contains a statue designed by Yves de Coëtlogon in 1962, remembering both world wars with an allegorical figure, representing Peace, which clutches an olive branch to her breast.WEB,weblink Richelieu Garden,, 5 February 2012, Another monument in the Parc Richelieu, erected on 23 April 1994, marks the approximate site of Emma, Lady Hamilton's last resting place. She died in Calais on 15 January 1815.Brayne, Martin (2016), Gone to the Continent: the British in Calais, 1760–1860

Hotels and nightclubs

For many years the most famous hotel in Calais was the Hôtel d'Angleterre, often called Dessin's or Dessein's, after the family which owned it for almost a hundred years.Martin Brayne (2016), Gone to the Continent: the British in Calais, 1760–1860 Its popularity increased after Laurence Sterne set the early chapters of his 1768 novel A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy there. With the arrival of the railway fewer British visitors stopped in Calais and Dessin's closed in 1860.Martin Brayne, op. citHôtel Meurice de Calais is a hotel, established in 1771 as Le Chariot Royal by the French postmaster, Charles-Augustin Meurice, who would later establish the five-star Hôtel Meurice, one of Paris' most famous luxury hotels. It was one of the earliest hotels on the continent of Europe to specifically cater for the British elite.BOOK, Gubler, Fritz, Glynn, Raewyn, Great, grand & famous hotels,weblink 7 January 2012, 25 September 2008, Great, Grand & Famous Hotels, 978-0-9804667-0-6, 47–, The hotel was rebuilt in 1954–55.BOOK, Ruler, John, Cross-Channel France: Nord-Pas de Calais: The Land Beyond the Ports,weblink 20 January 2012, 25 January 2011, Bradt Travel Guides, 978-1-84162-327-6, 63, It has 41 en-suite rooms.The main centre of night activity in Calais is at the Casino Le Touquet's on the Rue Royale and at the 555 Club. Every month, Casino Le Touquet hosts a dinner and dance cabaret. The casino features slot machines, blackjack, roulette, and poker facilities.WEB,weblink Casino Le Touquet's, Calais, 5 February 2012,


There are several schools in Calais. These include Groupe Scolaire Coubertin, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Universite du Littoral, Centre Universitaire,MAP, Maps, Google Maps, Lycée HQE Léonard de Vinci on Rue du Pasteur Martin Luther-King, École d'Art de Calais on Rue des Soupirants, and the Centre Scolaire Saint-Pierre on Rue du Four à Chaux which provides education in the primary grades, high school, and vocational school.WEB,weblink Centre Scolaire Saint-Pierre de Calais,, French, 9 February 2012, There are at least seven colleges in the city, such as Collège Martin Luther King on Rue Martin Luther King, Collège Nationalisé Lucien Vadez on Avenue Yervant Toumaniantz, Collège Les Dentelliers on Rue Gaillard, College Jean Mace on Rue Maréchaux, Collège République on Place République, Collège Vauban on Rue Orléansville, and Collège Privé Mixte Jeanne d'Arc on Rue Champailler.


Calais was represented in association football by the Calais RUFC, who competed in the Championnat National. The club was founded 1902 as Racing Club de Calais and in 1974 was renamed as Calais Racing Union Football Club.WEB,weblink France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs, RSSSF, 5 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 June 2009, Calais RUFC had a good reputation in French cup competitions and went as far as the final in the 1999/2000 season, losing out finally to Nantes.Since 2008 they played at the Stade de l'Épopée, a stadium which holds about 12,000 spectators. Calais Racing Union was liquidated in September 2017.WEB,weblink Liquidation du Calais Racing Union Football Club: Clap de Fin Pour Une Étoile Filante di Football, 26 May 2018, The rugby club in Calais is Amicale Rugby Calaisien.BOOK, Journal de la marine marchande,weblink 5 February 2012, January 1971, Basketball is popular in Calais with the teams Calais Basket (male)WEB,weblink Dernières infos, Calais Basket, 5 February 2012, and COB Calais (female)WEB,weblink ACCUEIL SAISON, COB Calais, 5 February 2012, as is volleyball with the Lis Calais (male)WEB,weblink f, Lis Calais, 5 February 2012, and Stella Calais (female) teams.WEB,weblink Bienvenue, Stella Calais, 5 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 31 December 2011, There is also the SOC club which caters in a range of sports including athletics, handball and football and Yacht Club de Calais, a yachting club.WEB,weblink Bienvenue sur le site web officiel du YACHT CLUB DU CALAISIS, Yacht Club de Calais, 5 February 2012, Calais also has Les Seagulls, an American football team.WEB,weblink News, Les Seagulls, 5 February 2012,


(File:Calais Port.JPG|right|thumb|Cranes in the Ferry Terminal, Calais)(File:Calais, rue Royale (France, August 2011).jpg|thumb|right|Boulevard Jacquard)


The Port of Calais was the first cable ship port in Europe and is the fourth largest port in France and the largest for passenger traffic. The port accounts for more than a third of economic activity of the town of Calais. Cargo traffic has tripled over the past two decades. In 2007 more than 41.5 million tonnes of traffic passed through Calais with some 11.52 million passengers, 1.4 million trucks and trailers, 2.249 million cars and 4,700 crossings a year.WEB,weblink Calais, Nord France Invest, 10 February 2012, On average, ships sail from the port every 30 minutes. A new 400 million euro project is underway at the port to create a breakwater protecting a pool of 700 meters long, thus allowing virtually all types of ships to stop at Calais.


As well as the large port, the town is served by three railway stations: Gare de Calais-Fréthun, Gare de Calais-Ville, and Gare des Fontinettes, the former being the first stop on mainland Europe of the Eurostar line. Gare de Calais-Ville is the nearest station to the port with trains to Gare de Boulogne-Ville and either Gare de Lille Flandres or Gare de Lille Europe.


Local bus services are provided by STCE. Free car parking facilities are available in front of the Calais ferry terminal and the maximum stay is three days.WEB,weblink Calais Ferry | Calais Ferry Port,, 6 April 2011, Calais is served by an airport and an airfield. Calais–Dunkerque Airport is located at Marck, {{convert|7|km|mi}} east north east of Calais. Saint-Inglevert Airfield is located at Saint-Inglevert, {{convert|13|km|mi}} south west of Calais.

Notable people

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International relations

{{See also|List of twin towns and sister cities in France}}

Twin towns – sister cities

Calais is twinned with:WEB, Découverte de la Ville,weblink, Calais, fr, 2019-11-12,
  • {{flagicon|GER}} Wismar, Germany (since December 1971)
  • {{flagicon|CHN}} Xiangtan, China

See also






  • BOOK, Calton, Robert Bell, Annals and Legends of Calais,weblink 1852, J. R. Smith,
  • BOOK, Cooksey, John, Calais: France,weblink 1 September 2000, Casemate, 978-1-58097-011-2,
  • BOOK, Grummitt, David, The Calais Garrison: War and Military Service in England, 1436–1558,weblink 2008, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 978-1-84383-398-7,
  • BOOK, Guérin de Tencin, Claudine Alexandrine, The Siege of Calais,weblink 1740, Garland Pub., 978-0-8240-1101-7,
  • BOOK, John Murray, London,weblink Handbook for Travellers in France, 1861, 8th,weblink Calais,
  • BOOK, Kenna, Michael, Calais Lace,weblink 5 February 2012, 31 October 2003, Nazraeli Press, 978-1-59005-050-7,
  • BOOK, Karl Baedeker, Leipsic, Northern France,weblink 1899, 2229516, 3rd,weblink Calais,
  • BOOK, Rose, Susan, Calais: an English town in France, 1347–1558,weblink 2008, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 978-1-84383-401-4,
  • BOOK, Ruler, John, Cross-Channel France: Nord-Pas de Calais: the land beyond the ports,weblink 25 January 2011, Bradt Travel Guides, 978-1-84162-327-6,
  • BOOK, Sandeman, George Amelius Crawshay, Calais under English Rule,weblink 20 August 2008, BiblioBazaar, 978-0-554-73198-8,
  • BOOK, Turpyn, Richard, The Chronicle of Calais: in the reigns of Henry VII. and Henry VIII. to the year 1540,weblink 1846, Printed for the Camden Society by J. B. Nichols,

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