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France, Fortifications of Vauban

 Posted by , last edited on November 30, 2013 at 05:31:54

Location France
Coordinates N50 16 57 E2 45 32
Property 1,153 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1283 )

Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century.

List of sites

Arras, Pas-de-Calais: citadel Arras citadel
Besançon, Doubs: citadel, city walls and Fort Griffon Citadel of Besançon
Blaye-Cussac-Fort-Médoc, Gironde: citadel of Blaye, city walls, Fort Paté and Fort Médoc Fort Médoc
Briançon, Hautes-Alpes: city walls, Redoute des Salettes, Fort des Trois-Têtes, Fort du Randouillet, ouvrage de la communication Y and the Asfeld Bridge Fort des Têtes, Briançon
Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère: Tour dorée (lit. "Golden Tower") aka. Tour Vauban Vauban Tower
Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle: ville neuve Ville neuve, Longwy
Mont-Dauphin, Hautes-Alpes: place forte Place forte of Mont-Dauphin
Mont-Louis, Pyrénées-Orientales: citadel and city walls Citadel of Mont-Louis
Neuf-Brisach, Haut-Rhin: ville neuve/Breisach (Germany): gateway of the Rhine Neuf-Brisach
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime: city walls and citadel Thoiras door, Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue/Tatihou, Manche: watchtowers Vauban tower, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
Villefranche-de-Conflent, Pyrénées-Orientales: city walls, Fort Libéria and Cova Bastera Villefranche-de-Conflent

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