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Citadel in Arras

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Address: Vauban, Arras, France

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Arras Citadel

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 April 2016
Lesley H
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Pitacus
Wellington, New Zealand
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank mitsilad
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

Thank mike l
Ottawa, Canada
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145 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

Thank Susan S
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Fred F
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Lesley H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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Chicago, Illinois
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127 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

The site is spread out and it didn't seem like there were many signs to help direct you to specific locations. We parked where we (hoped) it was permissible and walked around for a bit. We did find an old church that had some interesting informational posters (French & English) but I'm not sure if they are permanent or not.... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Typical Vauban fort. Some modern buildings have been built inside the courtyards, but the entrance arch and causeway are original. There are some modified gun ports.

Thank Diana089

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