Boulogne-sur-Mer is a major ferry and fishing port on the north coast of France, southwest of Calais and 28 miles (45 km) across the English Channel from Folkestone. Haute Ville, the older part of town stands on top of a hill, above the River Liane, surrounded by 13th-century ramparts. Inside these walls you can visit the law courts, a chateau, the town hall and the bell tower (13th and 17th centuries).
Originally a Roman harbour, Boulogne was destroyed by the Normans in 882 but rebuilt in 912. Held by Burgundy, France and the England, it served as Napoleon's port of embarkation for his projected invasion of England. During WW2 it was a German submarine base and the harbour was severely damaged by the allies.
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