At the end of the 18th century, France annexes our regions. Napoleon fears an attack from England to the harbour of Ostend and therefore orders the construction of an imposing fortress in the dunes in 1811. A British attack never happens however: the fortress only serves as an arms depot and as a residence for the French army. After the fall of Napoleon in 1814 it falls prey to theft and vandalism. In both world wars the fortress again serves a purpose as an artillery unit for the German army. Immerse yourself in 2 centuries of history…


Vuurtorenweg 13
8400 Oostende


059/32 00 48

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