Philippeville is located about 13 km southeast of Walcourt and 20 km south-southeast of Charleroi in the region of Entre-Meuse-et-Sambre. When the fortress of Mariembourg fell to the French in 1554, Emporer Charles V was forced to counter by building the fortress of Phillipeville, 12 km to the north. Phillipeville, too, was eventually overrun by the French military, but not until a century later, in 1659. The French destroyed most of the town's fortifications, but there are still some underground installations, now a museum. Buy your real-estate (flat, apartment, house, luxury villa, land or business/commercial property) in Philippeville.
The underground passages of the village Philippeville, called simply souterrains de Philippeville, were created during the 17th century to connect the fortress outposts with the main precincts. There are 10 kilometres of passages; about 500m are open to the public.
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