Citadel, French Heritage monument to Amiens

The oldest part is the watch-Ecu (1390), former part of the medieval walls. After the peace of Cambrai (1529), François Ier built this House a ravelin, itself preceded by a door with an arc triumphant (1531). At the beginning of the 17th century, the Citadel was built by John Ross, on the orders of Henri IV, after the investment of the city by the Spanish in March 1597 and its takeover by the French troops in 1597. The gateway to the South or porte Royale was built in 1620 and served as input to the Citadel until 1859. The former watch-Ecu door lost its towers and was trimmed above his vaults as a basis overhanging, probably started under Louis XIV, completed construction in the 19th century, the home of the Governors. Slightly modified later, the Citadel remains an example of what were the fortifications at the end of the 16th and early 17th century, despite damage, in particular in 1962 the destruction of the two bastions is to move a highway.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France


Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Citadel, The oldest part is the watch-Ecu (1390), former part of the medieval walls. After the peace of Cambrai (1529), François Ier built this House a ravelin, itself (...) Citadel, French Heritage monument to Amiens amiens, somme

Location and general information

  • identifier : 131567
  • item : Citadelle
  • Location of the building :
    • Somme
    • Amiens
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 80021
  • Zip code of the municipality : 80000
  • Order in the communal list : 14
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : citadel
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 6 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 14th century
    • 4th quarter 14th century
    • 16th century
    • 2nd quarter 16th century
    • 17th century
    • 1st quarter 17th century
  • Years :
    • 1390
    • 1531
  • Dates of protection :
    • 1840 : classé MH
    • 1978/08/04 : inscrit MH
  • Date taken into account : 1993/12/03

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Interest of the building : Porte Montre-Ecu : 18 04 1914 (J.O.). Inscription 24 10 1929 (porte Royale ou porte sud) (arrêté) annulée.
  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :4 parts of the building are subject to protection and are listed as follows :
    • elevation
    • door
    • dwelling
    • port
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : the 1992 State property
  • Detail :
    • La porte Montre-Ecu (François Ier) : classement par liste de 1840 - Les parties suivantes de la citadelle : l' ensemble des fortifications subsistantes
    • la porte royale ou porte sud
    • les façades et les toitures du logis du Gouverneur surmontant la porte Montre-Ecu
    • la porte Montre-Ecu (cad. BV 1) : inscription par arrêté du 4 août 1978
  • Mérimée reference : PA00116049

Men involved in this construction

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