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    Burghers of Calais

    The tragic keystone of Calais's history.

    The famed Burghers of Calais is a monumental sculpture signed the one and only Auguste Rodin; the piece was commissioned by the Calais municipality in 1885. This group of six sorrowful men is a reminder of a tragic episode in the city's history.

    It was in the 14th century that six bourgeois (Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Jacques and Pierre de Wissant, Jean de Vienne, Andrieus d'Andres and Jean d'Aire) sacrificed themselves so that the English would spare the population of Calais.

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