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"visit the casemates" Menen Things to Do Tip by wandeljp

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Visit the casemates (bunkers)

The city was fortified in 1679 by order of King Louis XIV of France, but the (remains of) the current walls date back to 1817 (period under Dutch domination)

Under these defences, the casemates (bunkers) are a part of the fortifications. They are places covered, vaulted ceiling,in bricks here, allowing defenders to store food, ammunition, and so on.. A large layer of ground cover to soften the impact of projectiles.

The inhabitants of the Menen employed it during the last 2 wars as shelter. The bunkers whose visit is possible today are located next to the swimming pool. They are part of one (the Lys) of the eleven bastions that protected the city.

The visit is free every first Sunday of the month from May until September from 2 pm to 6 pm. Information: +32 56 53023063 or


La ville fût fortifiée depuis 1679 sur ordre du roi de France Louis XIV , mais les (vestiges de) remparts actuels datent de 1817 (période sous domination Hollandaise)

Dans le cadre de ces défenses, les casemates sont une partie des fortifications. Ce sont des endroits couverts, au plafond voûté, ici en briques, permettant aux défenseurs d'entreposer vivres, munitions, etc. Une grosse couche de terre les recouvrent afin d'amortir le choc des projectiles.

Les habitants de Menin le employèrent durant les 2 dernières guerres comme abris. Les casemates dont la visite est possible aujourd'hui sont situées juste à côté du bassin de natation. Elles sont une partie d'un (de la Lys) des onze bastions qui protégeaient la ville.

La visite est libre tous les premiers dimanche du mois à partir de mai jusqu'en 14 à 18 heures. Informations:+32 56 53023063 ou


Address: Oude Leielaan
Phone: +32 56 53023063

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2009
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