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Captured and ransacked 16 times from the 9th to 20th century, Maubeuge lived a final tragic destiny in 1940, the year in which 90% of the town was razed by hand-lit fires.
The five bastions on the left bank of the Sambre River still remain from the 56-hectare fort built by Vauban.
There are many green areas that are ideal for a stroll; it is even possible to visit an animal park that has peacefully invested the fosses in the western part.
The monumental Mons Gate is a typical example of Mansart architecture and should not be missed.
A drawbridge has been rebuilt here, with its Poncelet system of manoeuvre.
This is a lesson in military history to be learned in the open air.
 outework cut away at a salient angle, destined to cover the curtain and the bastion faces
 Wall opposite the slope that surrounds the town