Burghers of Calais
As you walk from the Oval to the Quad you may see a wedding photographer taking pictures of newlyweds, it seems that there are several weddings a day on the weekends in the beautiful Memorial Church, and the steps to the Quad is a favorite place for pictures.
As you walk to the inner Quad you will see another Rodin sculpture on the left, the Burghers of Calais. During the 100 years war, the French town of Calais was under siege by the English and supplies were running low. Rather than force everyone to starve, Edward III demanded the town's most intelligent and influential people sacrifice themselves to save the town. 6 men stepped forward to save their city and face their death, but England's Queen stopped the execution, afraid that it would bring bad luck to her unborn child. The statue honors the courage of the 6 men who offered their lives for their town.