Citadelle de Blaye


Built in the seventeenth century by the architect Vauban, this imposing and majestic military fortress of Blaye, perched on a cliff overlooking the Gironde estuary (the largest of Europe) is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the Verrou de Vauban that includes the Citadel of Blaye, the Fort Pâté and Fort Médoc. Marked by the history of France and iconic characters, the Citadel of Blaye invites visitors to enjoy beautiful views of the River. Famous keystone of the defense of the Gironde, the Citadel of Blaye with its area of 38 hectares and its 35 meters high, was used to protect the port of Bordeaux.

The main building of the Citadel as the Porte Royale, the Porte Dauphine, The Château des Rudel, the Tour de l’Aiguillette, the Couvent des Minimes, the Poudrière, The Manutention (Archaeological Museum) are all classified as historic monument since 1937 . The site of the Citadel of Blaye, dating from 300 years ago, has many wonderful things which deserve to be seen.


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