Petit Futé's opinion on MONTREUIL-SUR-MER CITADEL
Castle then military citadel, it is now an exhibition site and Natura 2000 area. To see: its famous catapult.
Before the citadel, there was a castle, built by Philippe Auguste at the beginning of the 13th century in order to lock the sensitive access to the bottom of the Canche estuary. In the 16th century, after the ravages of the war against Charles V, Charles IX ordered the construction of a citadel. Of the original building, the entrance door with its pointed arch and the two massive towers that surround it have been preserved. From the 17th to the 19th century, the site was regularly reinforced, notably by Vauban around 1670. Between 1916 and 1919, the British installed their communications centre there.
The citadel was demilitarised in 1929, three years after its classification as a historical monument. In the chapel, an exhibition traces the history of the commune. There is also an exhibition on the history of the Great War. The highlight of the show will amuse young and old: it is a catapult dating from the 12th and 15th centuries, which can be seen at work and that Montreuillois affectionately call the bricole. In addition, this citadel is classified as a Natura 2000 zone because it is a privileged hibernation (and reproduction) site for many rare and threatened species of bats. An exhibition organised in cooperation with the Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels (Natural Areas Conservatory) raises visitors' awareness of the great usefulness of these animal species, which are still little known and a source of fear for many. In the summer, a night show on Les Misérables takes place, not to be missed!
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Closed from December (except Christmas holidays) to March and on Tuesdays. Open from Wednesday to Monday: from 6 April to 30 June May from 13h to 18h, from 1 July to 15 September from 10h to 18h, from 16 September to 3 November from 13h to 16h. Christmas holidays 1.30pm-4.30pm. Free up to 12 years old. Citadel alone: adult 5 €, child (from 12 to 18 years old) and group (15 people) 3 €. Free on the 1st Sunday of the month, except in July and August. Museum Pass: 14 € solo and 20 € duo. Free visits with audioguide, tablet (2 €), and paper support. Specific animations for children (treasure hunt). Guided tours on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm by reservation. Various workshops available on reservation.
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