Montreuil sur Mer

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Montreuil sur Mer (Pas-de-Calais)

Montreuil, sometimes called Montreuil-sur-Mer, is a French city located in the department of Pas-de-Calais and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Its inhabitants are called Montreuillois.


The motto of Montreuil sur Mer is “fidelissima picardorum natio” which means “The very faithful nation of Picards” and was assigned to the city by Henry IV in 1606 during his visit to the city.

Located on a promontory overlooking the river Canche, near Etaples, Montreuil sur Mer enjoys a privileged geographical position. The city is isolated from neighboring plateaus thanks to the valleys of Écuires and La Madelaine. This natural position of command gives Montreuil sur Mer a  defensive vocation.

Although located more than 10 km of the sea, Montreuil sur Mer was long a sea port of first importance. The boats sailed to the port on the Canche which now only allows navigation of fishing boats and kayaks. This feature explains the name of Montreuil-sur-Mer. It was the same in 987 at the accession to the throne of France Hugues Capet, the only seaport of royal importance.


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  • Abbey Church St. Saulve
  • Chapel of the Hotel-Dieu
  • Notre-Dame en Darnétal Church
  • St-Chapel Austreberthe
  • Sounds and lights Les Miserables
  • Les Malins Plaisirs Festival

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