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Citadel in Arras

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Address: Vauban, Arras, France
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Historical Area Well Worth Visiting

We visited Arras in April 2017, so much to see we only managed a quick visit to the Citadel but glad we did, it is located next to the First World War Arras Memorial so we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting old fortress last used as a military barracks by the Germans. In the rear moat is a French National memorial to all those shot by the Gestapo. A very moving place.

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Wirral
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Arras in April 2017, so much to see we only managed a quick visit to the Citadel but glad we did, it is located next to the First World War Arras Memorial so we combined the two.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We walked here from the city centra as the venue seems to have an excellent write-up. My initial impression were good as the ramparts are imposing and the entrance impressive. entry is over a beautiful bridge and through a large gatehouse The visitor is then presented with a large open parade-ground with large buildings in the distance. This is a... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is a hard one to write about. I expected more, and others have said, it is a large area with buildings in all directions. It is not close to the centre and it took a while to walk there. We found a nice chapel sat for a while and then headed back to town.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

As we were nearby we stoped off. A typical Vauban structure but not much more to see, certainly not worth a special visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Mur des Fusilles may not be a well known moment in history unless you are from Arras? but the location of the massacre and how it has been preserved is outstanding, and worthy of the time to see it. My cab driver knew where to go, as I had no specific address.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Designed by Vauban in the seventeenth century this is an important visit to make, but, be prepared to be emotionally moved by the French Resistance Execution Area at the rear. Having spent three days on the Somme Battlefields, it reminded us that leaders seem to learn nothing from history.

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Was definitely worth seeing very imposing. Would have been nice if they had info in English too, my french is not that good yet.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

An impressive fortification typical of Vaubon and nice to see it in use and being restored / renovated in places. Look out for the models in the entrance gateway (left hand side as you go in) which give a good feel for the scale. The Mur des Fusilees (down in the defences on the opposite side to the main gate)... More 

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

The citadel was sold by the military to Arras for €1 as it was in disrepair. Part has been converted into flats that only the rich can afford at €4000/m2! However it has brought in the revenue to restor a lot of the facades of the interior buildings, some of which still bear the pock marks of warfare. It's now... More 

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