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“Interesting history and good views” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Citadelle de Quebec

La Citadelle de Quebec
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Ranked #9 of 211 things to do in Quebec City
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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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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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“Interesting history and good views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012 via mobile

The hour-long tour takes in the history of Quebec and the military presence and the fort. The guide was friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Saw good views of the city also as well as two small museums.

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“Our favorite tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

The Citadel is worth the hike to get there! We actually started our journet in the Old Port area so had quite a hike up the steps but the views were incredible. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we have a greater appreciation of how Quebec defended itself over the centuries.

Visited June 2012
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“The Highest Viewpoint in Quebec City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

Took the tour of the Citadelle and learned some things about Canada's current and historical military. A small museum displayed various uniforms according to era and climate, as well as a small jail cell. The best experience to me was the view, which overlooks the river and made it easy to see the enemy coming in both directions. Enjoyable hour and a half.

Visited May 2012
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Avon, Connecticut
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“A later built fort in an oder style”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

This was a star shaped fort designed by the French and built by the English. It is a relic of the type of defenses that were popular but waning in the 1880s. It was never actually used because it was never attacked (once built).

I would suggest taking the tour, but expect to go back and spend more time looking at the exhibits after the tour (I like to read every word of an exhibit and this was not possible with the group).

A lovely view overlooking the river.

Visited May 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Definitely a "must see" for Quebec City. Lots of fascinating history and fairly well done exhibits. Kind of pricy at $9/person, but this is one of those cities where everything comes at a price.

Visited May 2012
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