The Fort de Condé was built between 1877 and 1882 in an elevated position above the Aisne valley, between Reims, Laon and Soissons. This historic building was part of France’s defence system, designed by General Séré de Rivières in the aftermath of the 1870 war which resulted in a French defeat and the annexation of Alsace and part of Lorraine. Built of dressed stone, the fort is a fine example of late 19th century military architecture, just before the introduction of reinforced concrete.
During World War I, the fort was used as a hospital for the German army until Nivelle’s offensive in 1917, during which the Germans were ousted. It was an ideal observation post and, as such, was visited on 23rd October 1917 by Generals Franchet d'Esperey and Pershing, who had come to witness the battle of Fort de Malmaison on the Chemin des Dames. On 28th May 1918 the fort was taken by the Germans and shelled. On 28th August 1918 the French regained possession of the fort.
After the war its bunkers were used to dismantle shells in order to salvage the metal.
Since 2003 the Fort de Condé has been open to the public and is regularly used as a venue for events and various exhibitions.
The Fort de Condé is a dynamic centre for activities related to Remembrance and the conservation and development of our heritage.