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On the road from Paris to Lille and hemmed in by patchwork farmlands, the northern city of Arras harbors some surprising architectural gems and WWI sites. The grandiose Grand'Place and Place des Héros squares, lined with elegant Flemish townhouses, dominate the city center, while the 17th-century Vauban Citadel nods to the city’s military history. WWI tours—some of the top things to do in Arras—typically delve into the underground Carrière Wellington tunnels, as well as visit the Battle of the Somme memorials and battlefields around Arras.

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Wellington Quarry (Carrière Wellington)

Wellington Quarry (Carrière Wellington)

The Wellington Quarry (Carrière Wellington) museum opened in March 2008 in Arras in the North of France, inside a quarry used during World War I. It commemorates those who built the tunnels and, subsequently, fought in the Battle of Arras during World War I. The Arras Tunnels formed an intricate network that ran from the town center to the German front lines, and housed over 20,000 soldiers of the British Empire and the Commonwealth. In fact, it was New Zealand soldiers who named the quarry after the city of the same name in their home country.Although they were used as air shelters during the Second World War, the tunnels remained essentially forgotten until their rediscovery in 1990. 350 meters of the quarry’s galleries, located approximately 22 meters underground, can be accessed today. The museum showcases historical artifacts to help visitors understand the context around the Battle of Arras, notably why the military strategy was so remarkable at the time and what life was like for the underground soldiers.More

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