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.



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

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Aaron Cole (6 months ago)
Absolutely fantastic hotel from the start of my stay the man was very helpful all the way through. Great service 110% recommended!
Stephen Gene Morris (12 months ago)
Citadel, the ultimate no frills hotel. Brilliant location, low, low price, bedding and room clean. Cheap and cheerful.
Simon Mitchell (2 years ago)
Good location but poor. Beds had human hair in, tv didn't work and had to turn the water off manually under the sink. Dreadful
Mike Slaughter (2 years ago)
Having stayed there for one night, I think a two star rating is over generous - I wouldn't even give it one star.
Rasoul Hsn (2 years ago)
Warming system is not good. No hair dryer, no refrigerator, no wastebasket. But it has the comfort beds and good location
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