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La Colonne Louis XVIII

Historic site and monument ,  Ruins and remains in Calais

  • Two centuries ago, in the early afternoon of 24 April 1814, the future King Louis XVIII disembarked from the Royal Sovereign ship, coming from Dover, and set foot in the port of Calais. This return to France marked the end of twenty years of exile, the end of the Napoleonic Empire and the Restoration.
    This column marking the event is erected on the edge of the Paradise basin. It bears the footprint of the King's foot, which Calaisians had hastened to mould on his arrival.
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