Douai is a small city of 40,000 inhabitants in the Hauts-de-France region of France, known for its belfry. The city is located between Lens and Valenciennes.
Douai has been an important city in the region since the Middle Ages, and had previously been capital of the region. Historically, Douai has been a Dutch-speaking city during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century the city eventually became French territory. Interestingly enough, one of its claims to fame is its connection with the Douai Bible, an early translation of the Bible into English.
phone: +33 3 27 88 26 79address: 70 Place d'Armes
By trainThe is located quite close to the historical centre of the city. There is a direct train from Lille which takes about 40 minutes.
Belfryaddress: Rue de la MairieThe clocktower of Douai City Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville de Douai), it is the best preserved of the region's medieval belfries, built in the 14th century. It is 54 meters high. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.
Collegiale St. Pierreaddress: Rue Saint-CristopheThe largest church in the region.
Tour des Damesaddress: Rue de la Tour des DamesPart of the city's medieval fortifications.
Porte de Valenciennesaddress: Rue de ValenciennesPart of the city's medieval fortifications.
Porte d'Arrasaddress: Rue d'ArrasPart of the city's medieval fortifications.
phone: +33 3 27 71 38 80address: 130 Rue des ChartreuxFine arts museum housed in a Renaissance mansion.
- Lens — nearby city known for the Louvre-Lens (branch of the Louvre located in Lens) and for its famous football club, RC Lens, who play in the Stade Félix Bollaert.