A small part of Northern France where two world wars were fought some 25 years apart but below that area of land today is housed a most remarkable museum La Coupole.
A legacy of Hitler’s total war concept dug into the hillside at St Omer the underground complex topped with a massive concrete dome has been turned into an amazing place of learning.
La Coupole is one of the great relics of the Second World War in Europe, still intact the cavernous complex where V2 terror weapons were to be built on a production line basis has been turned into a place of great learning.
The underground facility is a historic and remembrance centre that evokes events that form part of the historical heritage common to all Europeans who today now live on a fairly peaceful continent. During the War it was built by forced labour and slaves who were watched over by strict Nazi guards who tried hard to keep the place a secret from the Allies.
This major tourist attraction is one of the main museum facilities in the Nord–Pas-de-Calais area of North East France.
LA COUPOLE FROM DESTRUCTION TO ATTRACTION
A historical and scientific cultural site that analyses the relationships between Science and War in order to fully appreciate peace. Alongside its permanent exhibition they also put on a temporary exhibitions, in keeping with its educational mission.
Presented fully in four languages French, English, Dutch and German the museum is a place of interest to all of the generations.
It can be accessed easily from the port of Calais or Euro Tunnel and takes a drive of around 45 minutes to get you there.
This particular area of Northern France also is in very easy reach the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk and some of World War I’s Flanders battlefields and cemeteries some within 20 miles of the town of St Omer. It was from the hospital of St Omer during World War II that RAF fighter Ace Douglas Bader the famous double amputee flyer made an escape attempt after his artificial legs were given back to him, he was recaptured in the town.
A great place for a base in the area could certainly be the elegant former 17th century manor house set in 5 acres of tree lined park just outside the town. Luxury accommodation made even more affordable with the current Euro exchange rates. It was at this hotel that famous English TV Chef Jamie Oliver had his first professional job.
An alternative could also be the Best Western a Saint Omer Hotel Du Golf with its hilltop location contemporary styled rooms hotel hot tub and sauna. The hotel will also allow pets with prior arrangements.