Fort de la Chartreuse the Glorious Dilapidated Military Structure

Fort de la Chartreuse (otherwise Caserne de la Chartreuse or Parc de Oblats) is located in the Amercœur area on Rue Achille Lebeau, 4030 Liège, Belgium.

The dilapidated Fort Chartreuse was built by the United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1817 until 1823, to help defend the city. It was strategically built on a height that dominates the Valley of the Meuse.

In 1891 the Fort was abandoned and was then used as military barracks. During the span of 1914 through 1918 it was used as a German prison, and again in 1940 until 1944. For a year after this it was used as a military hospital by Americans. Completely left and forgotten by the Belgian army in 1988.

As of 2013, the majority of Fort de la Chartreuse is residing in a ‘green space’ that is being reforested. Many of the buildings are becoming covered in vegetation, as it becomes overtaken by nature. How lovely and exciting. The first image I find so daunting and delicious. What an excellent brick beast, better than modern houses by far.

You can find this magnificent thing with these coordinates. 50.632117,5.598462.

All images used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic. All images by Roley van Loenen [Flickr / 21392885@N04].

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