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The windmill of Achicourt near Arras

This popular windmill, also called “the small tower” due to its shape, was erected around 1620 and was originally made up of wood before being rebuilt with stones in 1789, on the eve of the French Revolution. The windmill got destroyed several times, and each time a new windmill was built on the same hillock. The last one, which belonged to the Hacart family, was destroyed by the bombardments of 1915 but retained the name “Hacart windmill”. It was rebuilt in 1991. The windmill is still functional and receives numerous visitors.

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Achicourt’s windmill

A “Windmill Fair” takes place every year on the last weekend of September and features cultural activities, craftsmen and giants (similar to those in the Arras City Hall).

The windmill of Achicourt

For the visits :
– Every Friday from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
– On all Sundays from 15 January to 15 December from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm (last visit is allowed 1 hour before the closing).

 

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