The Arras belfry, the favourite French monument in 2015
The Gothic revival belfry in Arras has had an eventful history. It stands 250 feet tall (75 metres) and is topped with a glistening crown on which a golden lion stands in homage to Charles V. Built under Philippe le Bon, the Duke of Bur, it was almost a century before it was completed in 1554. It was fully reconstructed using modern techniques and materials after it was destroyed during World War I, its tower rebuilt from cut stone using a reinforced concrete structure. Sandstone from the original building was reused wherever possible during the restoration.