Fort de la Chartreuse

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Fort de la Chartreuse is an emblem of the city of Liège and the Amercoeur district. Passionate guides will reveal the secrets and mysteries of the fortress, of which more than 20 hectares are now classified.

A green setting dedicated to rememberance.

Built by the Dutch in 1817, Fort de la Chartreuse, along with Huy and the Citadel of Liège, was part of the Dutch rampart against France. The fort was named after a monastery located on Mount Cornillon at the time of the Liège Revolution.

In 1891, the fort was classified and converted into barracks, then a prison for Belgian patriots imprisoned by the Germans during the First World War, 49 of whom were tragically shot there. However, the fort didn’t occupy a strategic role in the Second World War. Nevertheless, the fort bears witness to a rich and complex history. In 1944 it was used by the American army as a military hospital.

In 1981, following the two world wars, the fort was demilitarized. A few years later, the fort was bought by the city of Liège. Along with the help of associations, the city is working on conserving and restoring the fort, whose galleries and green spaces have become the refuge of numerous animal and vegetable species.

Over one hundred years separate us from the First World War, but the past continues to echo into our lives today. Unfortunately, sometimes historians focus mainly on activities of the military of that time. As a result, we often forget the courage of simple civilians who gave their lives by resisting the occupying forces. We honor these heroes during the tour of the Chartreuse, where 56 of these resistance fighters were executed. The tour finishes at the Robermont cemetery, where most of them are buried. The powerful stories hidden in this fort will undoubtedly touch your heart!

The entrance of Fort de la Chartreuse in Liège.
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