Fort de la Chartreuse

Built: 1817

Abandoned: 1982

Visited: 2006 + 2007

Liège, Belgium

Chartreuse is built on hill Mont Cornillon in Liège that dominates the valley of the Meuse, which had been 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 by King Willem I. This fort is part of the fortifications line along the river Meuse. In these days Belgium didn’t exist, it splits from Holland in 1830. The fort is since than used as a barrack for the Belgium army.

WWI and WWII

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.

Photos of Fort de la Chartreuse

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