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Étaples-sur-Mer (Municipality, Pas-de-Calais, France)

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Flag of Étaples-sur-Mer - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 23 May 2020

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Presentation of Étaples-sur-Mer

The municipality of Étaples-sur-Mer (10,912 inhabitants in 2019: 1,295 ha) is located 25 km of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Étaples was one of the sites from which, together with Boulogne-sur-Mer, Roman ships prepared for the passage to Britannia. During the 9th century the coast was subject to raids and settlement by Norsemen. In 1172, Matthew of Alsace, Count of Boulogne, built a fortress on the old Roman site. In 1193, King Philip I Augustus made it the main port of his northern fleet after the southern part of the County of Boulogne had been added to the royal domain. During the Hundred Years' War, king of England Edward III burnt the port in 1346 when returning from Crécy. The town was sacked in 1351 by Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, and burned in 1359 by Edward's son, John of Gaunt. There were sieges in 1378 and 1435 and it was burnt again in 1455 and 1546. On 3 November 1492, the Treaty of Étaples was signed in the castle of Étaples by Charles VIII and Henry VII.
With the opening of a railway station in the town in 1848, and after the connection between Boulogne and Calais was completed in 1867, the town’s economy was boosted by the influx of holiday visitors as what is now called Côote d'Opale was developed. However, Étaples remained a working port with fishing, boat building... The main holiday resort was developed 6 km away, south of the river, at what was then called Paris-Plage.
During World War I, Étaples became the principal transit camp for the British Expeditionary Force in France and also the point to which the wounded were transported. The nearby Étaples Military Cemetery is resting place to 11,658 British and Allied soldiers from the conflict.

Olivier Touzeau, 23 May 2020

Flag of Étaples-sur-Mer

The flag of Étaples-sur-Mer (photo, photo) is white with the municipal logo in white.

Olivier Touzeau, 21 May 2020



Flag of Maréis - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 23 May 2020

Maréis (website), the sea fishing discovery centre inaugurated in 2001, has for main mission to make known the daily life of today's sailors and the marine environment in the English Channel and the North Sea.
The flag of Maréis (photo, photo) is red with the center's logo, in the same graphic design as the municipal logo.

Olivier Touzeau, 21 May 2020