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Cambrai, religious metropolis

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Cambrai, religious metropolis - Hikes & walks in Cambrai

Evoked in the sixth century, Cambrai experienced in the Middle Ages a prodigious urban boom around religious foundations. Archdiocese from 1559, the city becomes during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a place of diffusion of the baroque and classical arts. Major reconstruction projects are encouraged by Archbishops Vanderburch and Fenelon. The Revolution puts an end to this climax, but squares, streets and monuments still bear witness to the importance of this religious past.

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Departure municipalityCambrai
Outing typeHike
Duration35 min
Kilometres2 km
Altitude upon departure47m
Change in altitude13m


Depart from the town of Cambrai, latitude 50.1721900 (N 50° 10’ 20”), longitude 3.2323300 (E 3° 13’ 56”)


In 1626, Monseigneur Vanderburch, archbishop of Cambrai, founded the house Sainte-Agnès, intended for the education of the poor girls of Cambrai and Cateau-Cambrésis. Burned in 1918 and 1986, the building retains its original gate, carved by Jaspar Marsy. Hailed by Doric columns engaged bossage, it is surmounted by a pediment in hug with the arms of the founder.

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