In 1554, Henri II, successor to François I, sent in his troops against the Spanish Netherlands. They laid waste to everything they encountered and in particular the castles of Binche and Mariemont, residences of Maria of Hungary, sister of the emperor Charles V. Mariembourg fell on 26 June 1554 after four days of siege, Agimont castle was captured, and Givet and its region were devastated. As these conquests compromised the security of the Ardenne borders, Charles V resolved to protect them by building new strongholds, that of Charlemont at Givet and that of Philippeville at Echerennes. At that time, Givet point was not yet part of the kingdom of France, unlike the Rocroi site opposite it, which was born under the reigns of François I and Henri II.
JUNE and SEPTEMBER : open from wednesday to sunday
JULY and AUGUST : open from wednesday to monday
OCTOBER : weekend
Parking on site.
Tickets are neither returnable nor exchangeable.
Likewise for reasons of safety, please keep to the defined path and follow the tour guide’s instructions.
Wear shoes suitable for walking and bring sunscreen.
Charlemont, citadel of Givet, route sous Charlemont, 08600 Givet