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The demi-lune entrance to Montreuil-sur-Mer's Citadel.

Montreuil-sur-Mer's Citadel, pratical information
The citadel was built in 1567 on the fondations of an old castle of which only the two towers of the town entrance remain.

This castle was built in the 13th century facing the estuary of the river Canche so as to ensure the protection of the harbour.

After the town was ransacked in 1537 by the army of the king Charles V , the French king Charles IX decided to build a citadel according to the latest defensive innovations.

Montreuil-sur-Mer's Citadel, which became a listed Ancient Monument in 1926, shows seven centuries of architectural history.


Charles V (or Charles I of Spain)
(24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558)
Charles V




Charles IX, king of France
(June 27, 1550 – May 30, 1574)
Charles IX