Napoleon built this fort as defence against a possible invasion from the English.
A British invasion never came and the fort was completed only upon the fall of Napoleon
During worldwar I and II this fort was used by the German military
As from 1995 this fort is managed and restored by money the "Flanders Heritage"
It became a hospitable spot for cultural events
Other places and names remind us of the connection between Oostende and the Royal Family. In front of the St. Peter and St. Paul's church is a statue for King Albert I and his wife Queen Elisabeth. Both monarchs symbolize the resistance and the endurance of the Belgian people during the First World War.