Fort d'Émines opens to the public

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  • During the Siege of Namur in August 1914, these forts were methodically and intensively bombarded by the Germans using their heaviest artillery. The forts, constructed around twenty years earlier and designed to withstand lesser calibre shells than those fired by the giant howitzers were unable to stand up to the enemy fire for long. However, the Belgian soldiers only surrendered when all their munitions reserves were exhausted. Although short-lived, their resistance slowed the progress of the German armies and allowed the strategic retreat of the Belgian Army.

    Admirably conserved, the Fort d’Émines remains unchanged since 1914. For the 14-18 commemorations, it will be open to the public, immersing you in the daily lives of the fortress' soldiers during the clashes in August 1914. From now until 15 November, the Province of Namur is organising guided tours of the fort on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, but booking is compulsory.

    For practical information and bookings, please visit the website

  • 4/2/17 at 2:00 AM -
    11/15/17 at 1:00 AM
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