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Ti-Château is an old Roman oppidum (currently only ruins and a rebuilt watch tower) located near the Belgian village of Hotton. It defended an ancient city/village at the current location of Hotton. The old oppidum and its ruins lie at a triangular plateau called the Plage de Renissart, near large rock cliffs above the river Ourthe. It is likely that Ti-château was already habituated during the Neolithic, though most excavations are Roman. [1]

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Ti-Château is also famous among tourists for its views over the Ourthe valley and the villages of Hotton and Hampteau. [2]

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  1. (in French) Arden Nature, consulted 7th of April 2013
  2. (in Dutch) Ti-Château source from Dutch Wikipedia, consulted 7th of April 2013

Coordinates: 50°16′02″N5°27′29″E / 50.2672°N 5.458°E / 50.2672; 5.458

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