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Montreuil-sur-Mer, the fortified city

Montreuil (whose full name is Montreuil-sur-Mer) is a charming town located in northern France, near the sea. “Sur-Mer” means “on the sea”. It is located on the Canche river, about 90 km from Arras.

It is surrounded by medieval ramparts, part of the reinforcement work of the famed French military engineer Vauban from his fortification of northern France in the 17th century.


The famous remparts of Montreuil.



Montreuil was the headquarters of the British Army in France during the First World War. General Haig was quartered in the nearby Château de Beaurepaire. A statue commemorating his stay can be seen outside the theatre on the Place Charles de Gaulle. During the German occupation of the town during the Second World War, the statue was taken down. It was never found and is thought to have been melted down. It was rebuilt in the 1950s, using the sculptor’s original mould.






View from the remparts.


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