Fort de la Chartreuse


‘Fort de la Chartreuse’ is part of the fortifications line along the river Meuse. It was built in 1817 when Belgium didn’t exist, it splits from Holland in 1830. The fort is from then on used as a barrack for the Belgium army.

Chartreuse is built in Liège on hill ‘Mont Cornillon’ that dominates the valley of the Meuse. The valley was occupied by a Carthusian monastery, the Ordre des Chartreux, until the French Revolution. The Carthusians left the monastery in 1793. This fort was built in 1817 by the Dutch to protect the city of Liège.

World Wars

During the First World War, after intense fights, Chartreuse was occupied, the fort was used as a prison. 49 people were executed and buried on the site. After this war the fort was used as a barracks again. Buildings were added and over 2.000 soldiers were based. During the Second World War the fort was used by the German army. Even the Americans used Chartreuse, from 1945-1955, the fort operated as the 28th U.S. Army General Hospital. Chartreuse was abandoned in 1982. Part of the fort was demolished in February 2006, and the future of the other buildings is uncertain. There are plans to reconvert the place. I visited ‘Fort de la Chartreuse’ in 2006 and 2007.

Built 1817
Abandoned 1982
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