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2008-06-02 07:17:39
Vauban may not have designed it, but he certainly influenced its design. He wrote quite a bit on the subject of fortification, and for many years was considered THE authority on the subject.
2008-05-29 01:37:33
Correction: Silly me, I got my places mixed up, Vauban fortified Le Quesnoy (among others) and not this place.
2008-05-28 14:09:27
Re: occult significance (Popolov). In googling info about pentagrams, I have come to a tentative conclusion that as William of Orange was a Christian, and if Vauban (the French military engineer) was as well, then I would be inclined to lean towards the five-pointed star as symbolising the five wounds of Christ. It was not until much later that the pentagram was associated with Satanism or was used by Wiccans and Pagans, which would then bring it into the realm of occultism. Herbion's comment most admirably brings the most important and practical reasons behind the shape of the fortifications to a concrete level.
2008-05-28 13:50:32
I have read his comments re Hitler. I refrain from commenting on the war-related pages - or pages on religion - because it is an exercise in futility, an endless quagmire that one can find one's way out of only through one's eventual and inevitable demise. I stick to facts (sometimes erring, of course) and funnies (mostly failing). Popolov has many points of view that I can agree with, so am I to condemn him for those I don't agree with? No. That is what freedom of speech is all about.
2008-05-28 10:04:29
Jojo, you continue to surprise us..just when we thought you couldn't possibly make a bigger jackass out of yourself than you alrteady have, damned if you don't go and do it...
2008-05-28 09:57:17
ouch. it's true. popolov is funny most of the time but he has said some rather disturbing nazi-ish shit.
2008-05-28 09:00:23
Popolov is a crackhead. You should see the things he has to say about what a great guy Hitler was.
2008-05-28 01:19:11
herbion has the info. yes it was very cool sundew, but there are many places like this throughout Benelux and France, so you'll find a few sometime.
2008-05-28 00:04:29
It's some kind of satanic and pagan shit,Dutchmen are all like that,and they smoke pot legally too. Just disgusting.
2008-05-27 20:36:32
Let us hear what Popolov has to say; he's the one who stated the pattern has occult significance. I'm glad you've been there, I envy you the experience. I've just been to spot bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, myself.
2008-05-27 20:28:10
you guys are full of shit. it's beautiful but it's not occult or strange, it's very typical of the period's designs for defense fortification. and yes i have been there, have you?
2008-05-27 17:55:19
Since the original fortification was built in 1742, that is easy to believe. Care to elaborate?
2008-05-27 17:30:21
The pattern and layout has occult significance.
2008-05-27 07:21:59
Most intriguing, BC, thank you! Never seen forfications built in such 'decorative patterns' before.