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At the confluence of the Escaut and Hayne Rivers, Condé became an essential fort as far back as Roman times
Reputed to be impregnable, it was nevertheless taken by Vauban in six days, who then hastened to improve the medieval fortifications.
He particularly reinforced the defensive system of flooding, making it possible to flood 2,450 hectares around the town in 24 days.
Dismantled in later years, in 1923, this fort still has many remains, including part of the bastioned enclosure that constitutes a very pleasant walk. You can also visit the remains of the 12th century fort, known as the Arsenal, and Jard canal, still guarded by its "Dames" turrets that are impossible to walk round.
Do not miss the Hôtel de Bailleul, built in the 15th century and reinforced at the corners by four turrets, and the 18th century Hôtel de Ville built in the blue stone of Tournai in a French style that stands out from the rest!