Calais Citadel

Calais, France

The Citadel of Calais was built between 1560 and 1571 on the site of a former medieval castle which was built in 1229 by Philippe de Hureprel. Its purpose of its construction was to fend off would-be invaders, but it wasn't long until the city was successfully invaded by Archduke Albert of Austria on 24 April 1596. Both Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu at one time considered expanding the citadel and Calais into a great walled city for military harbour purposes but the proposals came to nothing.



Your name

Website (optional)


Founded: 1560-1571
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

More Information


2.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Rasoul Hsn (19 months ago)
Warming system is not good. No hair dryer, no refrigerator, no wastebasket. But it has the comfort beds and good location
Godzy Ionut (2 years ago)
Great bed, good shower, a minus on the heating... But overall, it's worth it !
Kat Willcocks (2 years ago)
Paper thin walls and teeny tiny bathroom but comfortable bed and cheap. Fine for a brief stopover before getting the channel tunnel (9 minutes from the hotel)
Esther Fluri (2 years ago)
We had two adjoining rooms, 'family room' as 2 couples travelling together. Situated on top floor, stairs no lift. Very basic accomodation, but cheap and good location. Entry is via keypad, details provided via email. Unfortunately I had no internet access and therefore didn't get info in time. Had to ring as no one in attendance at building. Would recommend to ensure to have these prior to arriving.
Brian Rodgers (2 years ago)
Very clean and tidy staff are very polite. Will be going back next time in the area
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Hluboká Castle

Hluboká Castle (Schloss Frauenberg) is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. In the second half of the 13th century, a Gothic castle was built at the site. During its history, the castle was rebuilt several times. It was first expanded during the Renaissance period, then rebuilt into a Baroque castle at the order of Adam Franz von Schwarzenberg in the beginning of the 18th century. It reached its current appearance during the 19th century, when Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg ordered the reconstruction of the castle in the romantic style of England's Windsor Castle.

The Schwarzenbergs lived in Hluboká until the end of 1939, when the last owner (Adolph Schwarzenberg) emigrated overseas to escape from the Nazis. The Schwarzenbergs lost all of their Czech property through a special legislative Act, the Lex Schwarzenberg, in 1947.

The original royal castle of Přemysl Otakar II from the second half of the 13th century was rebuilt at the end of the 16th century by the Lords of Hradec. It received its present appearance under Count Jan Adam of Schwarzenberg. According to the English Windsor example, architects Franz Beer and F. Deworetzky built a Romantic Neo-Gothic chateau, surrounded by a 1.9 square kilometres English park here in the years 1841 to 1871. In 1940, the castle was seized from the last owner, Adolph Schwarzenberg by the Gestapo and confiscated by the government of Czechoslovakia after the end of World War II. The castle is open to public. There is a winter garden and riding-hall where the Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions have been housed since 1956.