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Facing the Ardenne forest
A fortress of medieval origin, the castle of Sedan spans over 8.64 acres (35,000 m²) and seven floors. Its construction began in 1424 and was initiated by Evrard II de La Marck (1365-1440). For centuries, the fortress deemed impregnable held a dual function of defensive place and luxurious princely residence. Perched on a spur on the edge of the Meuse river, it also constituted a stopover and protection on the copper route. Flanked by the Biere and Vra streams, the castle's imposing silhouette stands on the edge of the Ardenne forest watching over the city and the German border. The Sedan castle is sometimes considered the largest medieval fortress in Europe.
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