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La Citadelle de Quebec
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Ranked #8 of 210 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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Columbus, Ohio
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“Worth visiting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I don't recall another fortress or citadel that is so close to a tourist destination so this is definitely worth a visit. It offers a great portal into the unique French-English-Canadian history. This hour-long tour runs every 15 mins and is a great outing for families and offers great views. Our tour guide, Alex, a young history teacher, was the best! Being the only French-speaking garrison, you do sense the unique history of the Quebec people.

The walk to the citadel through the battlefield park was a great way to approach it. The visitor entrance is off on the south side, just inside the city wall or through a tunnel from the battlefield park.

Remember to keep the sticker to attend the changing of the guard ceremony the next day. Stick around after the tour for a photo op with the mascot!

Visited August 2013
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Well organised - changing of the guard and also a tour. Excellant value and really enjoyable informative tour.

Visited August 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Home of the 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Army, this fortress was built to protect the city from invasion and judging by its structure, it would work in the times it was to have been active. A must see when in Quebec City

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Maine
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“Historic Citadelle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the must see of Quebec City. Guided tours in French and English will tell you about the great walled fort at the top of Quebec City. Fantastic views.

Visited September 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We walked from our hotel next to the Frontenac and missed the entrance. Needless to say, we ended up on the opposite side of the Citadelle. After a stressful walk around the grounds, we made it in time to watch the changing of the guards. It was beautiful.

The tour inside the Citadelle was worth taking but we were a little disappointed not to go into more buildings.

Visited August 2013
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