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The Burghers of Calais, a detail

A detail from the impressive statue The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin. Standing in front of the Calais city hall, this statue shows the six leaders of Calais on their way to surrender to the English. It's an emotional piece of art, with a mix of the agony of defeat and the heroic self-sacrifice.

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Taken on August 23, 2011