Work on the Châtel-sur-Moselle fortress site will begin

The work which will take place on the medieval site of the fortress of Châtel-sur-Moselle was presented this Tuesday, May 7. The first phase of work, which began in May, prepares the site by restoring the historic enclosure.

The fortress of Châtel-sur-Moselle is a history book of Lorraine in itself. Built in the 10th century, extended several times, it is a notable example of medieval military architecture. Its remains are above all the testimony of the geopolitical issues between Lorraines, French and Burgundians over more than 7 centuries until its dismantling under Louis XIV.

The site was occupied by monks in the 18th century. Driven out during the revolution, this heritage retained its educational function until 1905 when it served as a maternity ward. Damaged during the fighting in 1940 like 83% of the city, the site is the subject of a development project integrating 4 buildings. Two were raised between 1956 and 1971.

Faced with this threat to heritage, the Vieux Châtel association was created in 1972 by Jacques and Chantal Debry. This action stops the work which will continue on the heights of Châtel.

Fallen into oblivion, the remains which extend over more than 5 hectares have been revealed by the work of the Vieux Châtel association.

The Châtel fortress was classified as a Historic Monument in 1988.

Restore the site to allow more than 30,000 visitors to visit it

The urban community wishes to intensify the tourism development of the site by carrying out further research, restoration and promotion of the site.

A 2016 study demonstrated that the project has scientific, cultural, social and tourism potential. The project aims to increase from the current 10,000 annual visitors to 30,000 visitors.

The works

The first phase of work, which began this year, prepares the site by restoring the historic enclosure before implementing a second phase planning the creation of tourist infrastructure.

Deconstruction of the Capuchin residence

The work will begin with the deconstruction of the Capuchin residence, located within the historic enclosure of the fortress. The removal of the building will restore the area of ​​its main enclosure to the archaeological and tourist site. The cost of deconstruction is 800,000 euros including tax.

Securing and fitting out the fortress

Then it’s time to secure and arrange the fortress. The spaces which suffer from time will be secured: the arsenal, the waterproofing of the galleries, the coal tower and the rampart of the north curtain wall.

Secondly, covered public spaces will be improved in terms of safety: lighting, fire, accessibility. The project also includes the creation of an outdoor public toilet block, near the old residence.

Work will begin in May and continue until December 2024 for the terrace and galleries of the Neufchâtel hotel. the rest of the operation is scheduled for 2025.

The overall cost of securing and renovating the gallery is 2,640,000 euros including tax.

The work which will take place on the medieval site of the fortress of Châtel-sur-Moselle was presented this Tuesday, May 7. The first phase of work, which began in May, prepares the site by restoring the historic enclosure.

The fortress of Châtel-sur-Moselle is a history book of Lorraine in itself. Built in the 10th century, extended several times, it is a notable example of medieval military architecture. Its remains are above all the testimony of the geopolitical issues between Lorraines, French and Burgundians over more than 7 centuries until its dismantling under Louis XIV.

The site was occupied by monks in the 18th century. Driven out during the revolution, this heritage retained its educational function until 1905 when it served as a maternity ward. Damaged during the fighting in 1940 like 83% of the city, the site is the subject of a development project integrating 4 buildings. Two were raised between 1956 and 1971.

Faced with this threat to heritage, the Vieux Châtel association was created in 1972 by Jacques and Chantal Debry. This action stops the work which will continue on the heights of Châtel.

Fallen into oblivion, the remains which extend over more than 5 hectares have been revealed by the work of the Vieux Châtel association.

The Châtel fortress was classified as a Historic Monument in 1988.

Restore the site to allow more than 30,000 visitors to visit it

The urban community wishes to intensify the tourism development of the site by carrying out further research, restoration and promotion of the site.

A 2016 study demonstrated that the project has scientific, cultural, social and tourism potential. The project aims to increase from the current 10,000 annual visitors to 30,000 visitors.

The works

The first phase of work, which began this year, prepares the site by restoring the historic enclosure before implementing a second phase planning the creation of tourist infrastructure.

Deconstruction of the Capuchin residence

The work will begin with the deconstruction of the Capuchin residence, located within the historic enclosure of the fortress. The removal of the building will restore the area of ​​its main enclosure to the archaeological and tourist site. The cost of deconstruction is 800,000 euros including tax.

Securing and fitting out the fortress

Then it’s time to secure and arrange the fortress. The spaces which suffer from time will be secured: the arsenal, the waterproofing of the galleries, the coal tower and the rampart of the north curtain wall.

Secondly, covered public spaces will be improved in terms of safety: lighting, fire, accessibility. The project also includes the creation of an outdoor public toilet block, near the old residence.

Work will begin in May and continue until December 2024 for the terrace and galleries of the Neufchâtel hotel. the rest of the operation is scheduled for 2025.

The overall cost of securing and renovating the gallery is 2,640,000 euros including tax.


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