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 It was disestablished as a military post in 1891, superseded by a new ring of forts around Namur that were calculated to prevent the city from being attacked with artillery.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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Muriel Hallal (2 years ago)
Such an incredible place, with an incredible view! The best local getaway on a rare sunny day!
Lore Leighton (2 years ago)
This is the main attraction in Namur. Get lost for the day amongst the walls of the citadel and wooded hills overlooking the surrounding region. There is a great playground for the kids but it is not open in winter and there is a small entrance fee. The guided tour of the tunnels is great for a rainy day. Tours are available in English during the high season but places are limited so book ahead.
Steph Unanue (2 years ago)
It has a really nice view of the city. And a lot of different expositions you can enjoy the place and at same time learn about the history of the city. The issue is that most of the expositions were closed or just for the people in the tour . But if was fun anyhow
Igor Hendrickx (2 years ago)
The whole complex of the Citadel measures 10 hectares and is quite impressive. On a clear day the views must be quite beautiful. The museum with audio guide was good and interesting. The tour of the caverns was good too. A good understanding of French is however needed .
maquara (3 years ago)
It is very nice. Walking around and feeling the history was great. There are information tables. there are a lot of stair but its nice. Best way is to start on the top of the hill and then walk down to the city.
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