Québec in Capitale-Nationale (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
The Québec Citadel
La Citadelle de Québec
In 1820 Lieutenant-Colonel Elias Walker Durnford of the Royal Engineers took charge of the construction of the Québec Citadel, which completed the city's defensive works begun during the French régime. Set on the heights of Cap-aux-Diamants, the Citadel dominated the town, harbour and the surrounding countryside. The ramparts were completed in 1831, and the major buildings within the walls about 1850. The walls also contain Frontenac's 1693 redoubt and a 1750 powder magazine. Since 1872 the Citadel has been an official residence of the Governor General of Canada, who spends part of each year here.
À partir de 1820, l'ingénieur royal Elias Walker Durnford dirige la construction de la citadelle de Québec. Il complète ainsi le système défensif de la ville dont les premiers ouvrages remontent au régime français. Aménagée sur les hauteurs du Cap-aux-Diamants, la citadelle domine la ville, la campagne et la rade de Québec. Son rempart est complété en 1831 et les principaux édifices à l'intérieur, vers 1850. On retrouve aussi la redoute du Cap construite en 1693 par Frontenac et une poudrière de 1750. Depuis
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 46° 48.459′ N, 71° 12.459′ W. Marker is in Québec, Quebec, in Capitale-Nationale (region). Marker can be reached from Rue de la Citadelle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Québec, Quebec G1R 3R2,, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Quebec Conferences (here, next to this marker); Georges-Philias Vanier (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Warrant Officier Jean Couture, OMN, CD (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Têtu House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); General Montgomery’s Army (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Québec Garrison Club (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Jonathan Sewell (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Abraham Martin (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
More about this marker. This marker is inside the Québec Citadel near the parade grounds.
Also see . . . Citadelle of Quebec - Wikipedia. A number of military ceremonies related to the Royal 22e Régiment take place at the Citadelle's parade ground, such as the changing of the guard and of battalion command and the consecration of each successive Batisse the Goat as regimental mascot. Additionally, daily at noon, a cannon is fired from the fort, the sound of which can be heard throughout the Quebec City. Originally, two guns were fired each day: one at 12:00 pm (to alert Quebec City residents of the lunch hour and Angelus, or noon-day prayer) and 9:30 pm (marking the curfew for gunners and soldiers in the city). The tradition has continued since 1871, save for between 1994 and 2004. (Submitted on February 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.