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Douai is located in northern France directly on the rive Scarpe. Douai has a rich history dating back possibly to the 4th century. It is also famous for possessing one of Frances richest coalfields. Car hire in Douai will enable you to explore the past and present of this intriguing town.
Douai's main attractions include the Gothic style belfry; the bells are chimed every 15 minutes and played via a keyboard on the weekends. The belfries produce wonderful sounds and they add to the charm of the town. The other famous site easily reached by using cheap car hire in Douai is the Porte de Valenciennes, the town's gate.
In Douai the town is the most bustling around either place d'Armes or rue de la Mairie near where the Gothic Belfry sits. Near the town hall on rue Bellegambe you will find a small art fa?�ade that has some good art work. Drive slightly further and along this street and you will find the 18th century style church of St Pierre.
Douai's other famous church is the church of Notre Dame, extensively rebuilt and repaired this spectacular church has been restored with great care. On rue de Chartreux you can find the towns interesting museum Chatreuse. It boasts a fine collection of fine art from French, Dutch and Flemish painters.
The chapel adjacent to the museum which has been converted, houses a fantastic collections of sculptures. Epernay is a fantastic town; it is easy to dive around making car rental in Douai worthwhile. The town has good restaurants and some good local shops. This town however is for the traveller that wishes to dig deep in to the history of Douai.