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Fort de Loncin, Ans

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The Fort de Loncin is one of twelve forts built around Liège, Belgium, in the late 19th century. The overall Fortified Position of Liège was a constituent part of the country's National Redoubt. Fort de Loncin was constructed between 1881 and 1884 according to the plans of General Henri Alexis Brialmont. Contrasting with the French forts built in the same era by Raymond Adolphe Séré de Rivières, the fort was built exclusively of unreinforced concrete, a new material, rather than masonry.

The experimental nature of the new material, and the design features of the fort, led to unintended consequences in combat action. Weak concrete made the fort vulnerable to enemy artillery, while poor living conditions reduced the fort's ability to operate under fire.

The fort was destroyed during World War I in the Battle of Liège, when the fort's magazine was hit by a large-calibre German shell, killing most of the fort's occupants. The event marked the debut of the Big Bertha howitzer in combat. Relatively few of the dead were recovered; the site is now a military cemetery. The fort was never reused.
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  • This was a very interesting Fort to discover due to the rich history and the spectacular sound effects as well as the audio tour. The museum was a bit small but was charming and very educational with....  more
    This was a very interesting Fort to discover due to the rich history and the spectacular sound effects as well as the audio tour. The museum was a bit small but was charming and very educational with....  more »
  • Despite it got blown up during WW1, it is very well preserved. The fort itself is a experience, with all the rooms with their history shown. Even better with the audio-guide. 
    Despite it got blown up during WW1, it is very well preserved. The fort itself is a experience, with all the rooms with their history shown. Even better with the audio-guide.  more »
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  • Absolutely worth the visit. A great combination of a small but very relevant exhibition with many artifacts found in the ruins. And a narrated tour of what is left of the fort, with sounds effects that set a rather dramatic scene. Everything is operated by enthusiastic volunteers who are invested in preserving the memory of what happened at Fort Luncin in 1914.
  • Fantastic place. The museum itself is quite small (just a room) but still interesting; what's awesome is the fort: as soon as you enter you feel like you were actually there. It is a great opportunity to walk on what remains of the fort after the explosions. So don't be lazy take your car or bus (it is free with the NEXT subscription) and go there It tooks 2 hours. Bonus: there is a cute fat cat that will follow you inside the fort. You can pet it and remember to bring some food for it

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