12 October 2015

Meters-thick walls surrounded by a defensive moat: that is Fort Liezele today. It is one of the best preserved forts of Fortress Antwerp. This double belt of forts and bulwarks was built between 1859 and 1914 to defend the National Reduit. In the middle of the 19th century the government decided to build a ring of forts around Antwerp. This would make Antwerp a refuge for the government in times of war. But for the inhabitants of Liezele things worked out differently. Inhabitants, soldiers and administrators will tell you their story. Feel like walking a bit? Download the route and go to Fort Liezele.

  • place Fort Liezele

  • place Liezele village

  • place Sint-Jozef church

  • place Schemelbert Mill