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“Old and beautiful”

La Citadelle de Quebec
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Owner description: The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The star-shaped layout is characteristic of Vauban fortifications. Construction began in 1820 and ended in 1850. Its walls enclose 300 years of military history in Quebec City spanning the French, British and Canadian periods. The Citadelle is an active military garrison. Guided tours of the site and the Royal 22e Regiment Museum, open year-round. Ceremony and changing of the Guard in summer. Night tours in summer and fall season. 2014: A new permanent exhibition "Je me souviens" "Je me souviens" relates the 100-year-long epic of the Royal 22e Regiment, the Canadian Forces' sole French-language regular force infantry regiment. Find out about the lives of the French-speaking soldiers who have served in its ranks, from 1914 to the missions in Afghanistan. Audiences will enjoy an interactive experience exploring the built heritage of the fortress and the regiment's history through interviews, video archives, and interactive maps of battles. Special exhibition Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. This exhibition uses wartime artifacts, art, personal stories, photographs, archival materials, audiovisual presentations and more to relate the harrowing experiences of Canadian troops who fought in some of the worst battles of the First World War. They fought through poison gas in the Second Battle of Ypres, and struggled through a sea of mud to take Passchendaele ridge. This enlightening, content-rich exhibition also highlights Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s iconic poem In Flanders Fields, and explores how Canadians and Belgians have continued to remember and commemorate the First World War over the past century. Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. was developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Belgium, and with the generous support of the E. W. Bickle Foundation. The exhibition is supported by National Presenting Sponsor VISITFLANDERS. The access to the exhibition is included in the general fee (Citadelle+museum).
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Peterborough, Canada
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“Old and beautiful”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

This is certainly a must see even if you are not a history buff. The view from the Citadelle is beautiful and the site itself is very unique. Certainly worth the walk to the top.

Visited September 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“Magnificant display of military history.”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Truly a must-see for those interested in the history of Quebec City's dominant landmark. For $9 (student price) we were treated to a wonderful tour by our guide, Dominic, who was full of historical information that we found interesting, relevant, and quite often humorous. The views of the city and the river we were able to see would have been worth the price of admission alone, but we came away with such a better understanding of the city and of Canada itself that this was easily our favorite stop on our trip.

Visited September 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“Very Good Historical Tour”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

The Citadel is a good place for a relatively brief but informative tour about the history of Quebec in particular and Canada in general. It is now used as the official residence of the Governor General of Canada when he is in Quebec. We were provided with a very good (English) tour by a young man who quite knowledgeable and very pleasant.

For us, the more recent history and current events covered in the museum were the most interesting. We live close to Canada and spend a fair amount of time there. As a result, we are somewhat familiar with Canadian politics but not fully knowledgeable. The recent completion their federal system of government was very interesting to us.

We walked to the site and were misdirected by guards posted outside the entrance. To be fair, they may well have been correct but we apparently misinterpreted their directions. It is a pleasant walk and a little exercise to help with the rich French cuisine.

Visited August 2012
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

My friend and I took the walking tour of the Citadelle. It was very interesting and well worth the entry fee. The guide was very informative and the tour was just long enough to hold my interest without getting boring. The Citadelle is still an active military insitution so it makes the tour that much more interesting.

Visited September 2012
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Camano Island, WA
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“Interesting tour and history”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

We chose to take the tour of the Citadelle and, if you are a history fanatic, you'll enjoy this. If you're not a history buff but are traveling with one, it's still a great tour and you'll enjoy beautiful views of the Old Quebec and the St. Lawrence River. Great tour guide who was engaging and entertaining.

Visited September 2012
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