|Title:||Course de Côte de Huy|
|Elevation change:||140 metres|
|Altitude finishline:||220 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||50° 31′ 22.4394″ – 5° 13′ 1.1994″|
|Average Speed:||155,30 km/h|
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In one of the turns of the Meuse, halfway between Liege and Namur, lies a hill with a great view over the river below. It is therefore no surprise that right on top of this hill there has been a fortress for centuries. And it is also no surpirse that the city below the fortress has enjoyed great prosperity over the years. The current incarnation of the Fortress of Huy was built in 1818 by the Dutch. In the 19th century the strategic role of the fortress became less and less important. For a while it served as a political prison. In the beginning of the 20th century a millitary school was based there. In both world wars Belgium was occupied by the Germans who used the fortress as a prison. Since the 1950’s the Fortress of Huy is a museum dedicated to that dark history of the wars.
The fortress is considered one of the four Wonders of Huy. The others are the Fountain on the town square, the stone bridge over the Meuse and the Rose Window in the Notre Dame church.
One of the famous citizens of Huy includes Peter the Hermit. He was one of the instigators of the First Crusade. By his preaching he motivated a large group of people to march towards Jeruzalem. His army of perhaps 25000 men consisted mostly of poor untrained people looking for a better life in the Holy Land. Most of them were slaughtered in Turkey before ever reaching Jeruzalem. The remains of the army were later joined by an actual army of soldiers amd they did conquer Jeruzalem in 1099. Peter the Hermits expedition is generally called the People’s Crusade, while the later millitairy expedition is called the First Crusade. Peter the Hermit later founded a monastery in Huy where he lived until his death in 1115.