Citadel of Namur

Namur, Belgium

The Citadel Namur is a fortress dates originally from the Roman era, but has been rebuilt several times. Its current form was designed by Menno van Coehoorn, and improved upon by Vauban after the siege of 1692. It has been classified as a Wallonia's Major Heritage site.

The original citadel dates to 937. It achieved its present extent between 1631 and 1675, when the city was under Dutch control. This section was called Terra Nova to distinguish it from the smaller fort built adjacent in 1542 and ensuing years. A variety of subsidiary positions were built in the 18th century. It was disestablished as a military post in 1891, superseded by a new ring of forts around Namur that were calculated to prevent the city from being attacked with artillery. This ring became the Fortified Position of Namur in the 1930s.

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Founded: 1631-1675
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Mary Giovanelli (5 months ago)
What a pleasant surprise this town was an amazing sight to see. Love the ambience as Christmas season very pretty.
Anne Marie Gordon (7 months ago)
Amazing views but not great to access. Would advise cable car both ways if anyone is unsteady on their feet. Cafe isn't too great. Not many choices and self service. OK for kids. There is alittle mini train that runs but we missed it but I'm sure children would enjoy this.
Alexander Belyakov (7 months ago)
A journey through time and history awaited me at the Citadel of Namur. Nestled at the meeting point of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, this majestic fortress is a testament to the strategic importance of Namur and the evolution of military architecture over the centuries. The Citadel has witnessed countless stories and transformations with its origins back to the Roman era. The view from the top, at a staggering 190 m, is unparalleled - overlooking the flowing Meuse and the iconic Parliament of Wallonia. But it's not just the views that captivate; the history is rich and deep. It began in 937. Walking through the Citadel, you are reminded of its ever-evolving role – from a strategic military post to its repurposing in the 1930s as a protected command post space. Today, it is a reminder of the past and a symbol of Wallonia's heritage – rightfully classified as a Wallonia Major Heritage site. For anyone looking for a panoramic view of Namur, the Citadel is a must-visit. Experience a blend of nature's beauty and human ingenuity in one place.
nure SK (9 months ago)
Just a stunning example of medieval architecture and the views are spectacular. Quick drive from Brussels. What a amazing place. The people in this simple town are so very friendly, but if you do not speak French, a translator app or phrase book will be a great help. We love visiting the little towns and villages when we travel from Brussels. Road connectivity is very good, so it is very easy to see new places, large and small. I completely recommend a visit.
Christopher Combest (10 months ago)
Just a stunning example of medieval architecture and the views are spectacular. The people in this little town are so very friendly, but if you do not speak French, bring a translator app or phrase book with you. We decided to take a look at this beautiful little place following a road trip from Germany to the UK. It's about halfway between the Calais Ferry Port and Kaiserslautern, so why not? We love visiting the little towns and villages when we travel for business. There are a thousand roads to and from everywhere, so it is very easy to see new places, large and small. I completely recommend a visit. Cin-Cin! ?
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