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The Fort of Merksem (Dutch language: Fort van Merksem , French language: Fort de Merksem) was a 32-hectare (0.32 km2) military fortification in Merksem, Belgium. It was built in the year 1876 as part of the defensive ring around the city of Antwerp. In October 1914, during the final stages of the Siege of Antwerp, the fort was slighted by the Belgians in their withdrawal before the advancing German forces.[1] Until 1972 the fort was a military area. After almost 100 years, the area became public.[2]

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Kaufmann, J. E.; Kaufmann, H. W. (2014). The Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815- 1945: The Neutral States: The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781783463923. https://books.google.be/books?id=NmZtBQAAQBAJ&dq=The+Forts+and+Fortifications+of+Europe+1815%E2%80%931945:+The+Neutral+States:+The+Netherlands,+Belgium+and+Switzerland&hl=nl&source=gbs_navlinks_s. 

Coordinates: 51°15′49″N 4°27′28″E / 51.26361°N 4.45778°E / 51.26361; 4.45778

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