Fort St. Pieter (Saint Peter's Fortress), Maastricht

Fort St. Pieter (Saint Peter's Fortress), Maastricht (must see)

Saint Peter's Fortress was built during the 18th century to defend Maastricht from the French. The fortress was built on St. Peter's Mount.

The French breached the walls of Maastricht and sacked the city in 1673, and the city responded by building a stronger fort. Saint Peter's Fortress was built in a hexagonal shape. The fort's interior features a maze of passages and tunnels.

The French attacked again in 1793 with an army of 15,000 men, and the fort was put to the test. Led by the governor of Maastricht, Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel, the Dutch garrison of 4,500 men successfully defended the city. The thick walls of the fort were impenetrable and the rows of gunnery windows offered defenders amble opportunities to make the invaders suffer.

Visitors can join a guided tour to explore Saint Peter's Fortress. The tour guide will show visitors underground tunnels, the canon gallery, the secret water well, and the stunning view.

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Fort St. Pieter (Saint Peter's Fortress) on Map

Sight Name: Fort St. Pieter (Saint Peter's Fortress)
Sight Location: Maastricht, Netherlands (See walking tours in Maastricht)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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