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Fort Condé

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Route de Philippeville
08600 GIVET

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Located on the road to Philippeville, the building dates from 1720. Originally built around a rock, it was an advanced defense of Fort Charlemont.

Fort Condé is built around a rock which was originally surmounted by a watchtower: the Maugis tower, later called lartour Villahermosa, named after the governor of the Spanish Netherlands, at the time when Givet was in Spanish possession. After the annexation of Givet to France in 1678, this tower was razed and Vauban had the central redoubt carved into the rock. From 1725 to 1732, this redoubt was included in a much larger work, Fort Condé, which would be little modified thereafter. Fort Condé had the role of forward defense of Charlemont on the east side, like Fort de Rome on the west side. It is located in the plain about 500 meters from the citadel of Charlemont. The fort, designed by the engineer Candau, forms a pentagon whose perimeter measures about 400 meters. The front sides form a north-facing point and are surrounded by ditches. These are preceded by a counterscarp inside which runs a gallery, from which small counter-mine galleries start. to the public. PLEASE NOTE: Two trails laid out and accessible for free visits: The advanced defenses trail (1.2 km) and the terminals trail (2.7 km)

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  • fortified set
  • Military

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