The Fort That Was Never
Located in Liège, Belgium, this fort was
built in 1817 by the Dutch army (the country of Belgium did not yet exist; it wasn't founded until 1830). This fort is part of the fortification line along the river Meuse which crosses Belgium.
The fort was ready-and-able to house 3000
soldiers, but will unfortunately never complete its purpose to defend anything. The history of this fort is pretty interesting. It was seized by the Belgian people during the revolution in 1830 and it became a simple barracks. During World War I and World War II the fort acted as a German prison. In 1944-45 the American military took control of the fort and it was transformed into the 28th General Hospital for the US Army. The fort now stands decaying and completely obsolete.
The fort entrace has changed over the years...
The scars of history show on the walls of
this empty fortress. While walking around you can easily read signs such as: "Rauchen verboten! (Smoking Forbidden)" or "28th General Hospital US Army" on the walls. Another interesting feature inside the pillboxes, which were put in place to defend the fort, are military paintings that haven’t been erased by time.
The site is huge coming in at over 30 hectares, and the entrance is rather difficult to locate, but this place does not disappoint and is definitely worth a visit…