Fort van Beieren


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The Fort van Beieren is Flanders’ best kept fort from the War of the Spanish Succession. It was probably built in 1705 by French troops, as a link between Bruges and Damme, and was still in use during the War of the Austrian Succession. During the First World War, the Germans installed a field battery on the earthen embankment. After this, the fort lost its military purpose. The star-shaped fort had a square central courtyard, an earthen embankment with four bastions, an inner moat with ravelin, a second earthen embankment and an outside moat. The gradual filling of the moats lent it its current appearance: a largely wooded piece of countryside, in which the embankments and moats are still easily visible. One bastion will be partially restored to its former state in 2013.
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