Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, Belfort

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Your visit to Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort features the 22 m (72 ft) long, 11 m (36 ft) high stone lion, symbol of the heroic French resistance at the foot of the citadel. You can also access the citadel's Great Underground, History Museum, Bartholdi Space, Martin Chariot, and the panoramic terrace. Sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Bartholdi, carved the majestic lion in 1880 entirely from red sandstone. Built and expanded in stages since the Middle Ages, the citadel was a command center for the surrounding forts until 1940. Your visit to the citadel includes the Bartholdi space that recreates the work of the master sculptor with engravings, sculptures, old photographs, original documents, and archives. The history museum plunges you into Neolithic history, and brings you all the way up to the 20th century, while the Great Underground bombproof barracks entertain you with scenic depictions of heroic events at the citadel. Plan to visit Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort during your Belfort vacation using our convenient Belfort itinerary planner.
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  • No visitor to Belfort should leave without having visited the Citadel Fortress and its points of interest, like the History Museum. But do not come outside the high season - Museum closed, restaurant....  more »
  • Cool fortress and other historical buildings. Nice and pretty and worth the trip as a stopover. Charming for a day trip. lots of close by destinations  more »
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