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Populated more than 12 000 inhabitants, the city of Bruay-sur-l'Escaut takes place in Hauts-de-France, in the heart of the department of North. City of the mining basin of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, it is located near Valenciennes, to ten kilometers only of the Belgian border and the commune of Quievrain.

Populated since the 8th century, the town knew the Norman invasions in the 9th century and in particular the destruction of its place of worship to St. Pharailde. Partly destroyed during the First World War, Bruay-sur-l'Escaut was once an important brewery center. The city also knew, until the middle of the twentieth century, a great mining activity, like many of its neighbors of the North.

Today, Bruay-sur-l'Escaut remains appreciated for its charm and its great cultural life, as well as for its ideal geographical location to discover the most beautiful sites of the North and Belgium.

Geographical information

Latitude50.3976640 (N 50° 23’ 52”)
Longitude3.5371980 (E 3° 32’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 17m to 34m
Surface area6.70 km²
Population11752 inhabitants
Density1754 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (34 mi, 43 min)
Insee code59112
IntercommunalityCA Valenciennes Métropole

Nearest cities & towns

Anzin2.3 mi (8 min)
Escautpont2.4 mi (8 min)
Beuvrages2.7 mi (10 min)
Raismes3 mi (8 min)
Saint-Saulve3.1 mi (10 min)
Fresnes-sur-Escaut3.4 mi (12 min)
Onnaing4.1 mi (11 min)
Valenciennes4.3 mi (12 min)
Marly5 mi (12 min)
Odomez5.6 mi (16 min)
Vicq5.6 mi (14 min)
Aubry-du-Hainaut5.7 mi (15 min)
Petite-Forêt5.7 mi (15 min)
Estreux5.8 mi (13 min)

Things to see and do

Rebuilt in 1921, after the destruction by the Germans of the original building, the Sainte-Pharaïlde church presents in its interior several objects classified as Historical Monuments: a reliquary of Saint Pharaïlde and Saint Barbe of the fourteenth century, a cenotaph of the holy Pharail of the eleventh century, and a statue of St. Scholastica of the seventeenth century.

While walking in the city, do not miss to admire the church Saint-Adolphe de Thiers, the fountain dedicated to saint Pharaïlde, or still the glassworks of Bruay. Built in the early nineteenth century, it merged in the first half of the twentieth century with the glassware of Saint-Just.

Places of interest

Performance halls

Events and festivities

The market is held on Thursday and Sunday morning. A Christmas market is organized in December. Fireworks are fired at the end of the event.

A carnival takes place in the town several times a year.

For the national day, July 14, the city organizes commemorations, a ball or fireworks.

The month of July is rich in events with the organization of a semi-nocturnal market, races of soapboxes or even outdoor film screenings.

At the end of October or at the beginning of November, the district of the Alleys organizes the Lum'Rottes, a party in the spirit of Halloween Anglo-Saxon.


Sunday 16 july
Min. 8°C - Max. 24°C
Monday 17 july
Min. 10°C - Max. 26°C
Tuesday 18 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Skip-the-Line E-Ticket – Villa Cavrois
Culture and education8 € Croix (25 mi)
Visit the belfry of Lille's City Hall with an audioguide
Culture and education10 € Lille (26 mi)
Daytime Bus Tour: Must-See Lille
Culture and education14 € Lille (27 mi)
Lille old town guided walking tour
Culture and education10 € Lille (27 mi)
Lille pass: visits, transport, monuments and museums included
Culture and education25 € Lille (27 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Watteau Square - Experience 33
HikeEasy20 minValenciennes (2.8 mi)
The Battle of Le Cateau
HikeEasy5h30Le Cateau-Cambrésis (20 mi)
On the trail of St. Jacques de Compostela and the Scheldt
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy2h55Cambrai (21 mi)
Cambrai, religious metropolis
HikeEasy35 minCambrai (21 mi)
Cambrai, border city
HikeEasy1h05Cambrai (21 mi)


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