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Le sentier des Bâtisseurs

in Aussois
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  • Here you are, builders of the Forts de l'Esseillon in 1815, on the titanic site launched by the King of Piedmont Sardinia. The aim was to build five forts to guard against French invasions in just 15 years!

  • The Esseillon forts were not built there by chance!

    Built on a glacial lock at the entrance to the vertiginous Arc Gorge, their mission was to protect the border and prevent the passage of French troops.

    As you walk along the path linking the five buildings, you will marvel at the genius of the designers and builders of these walls. Reading tables scattered along the route will help you understand how such constructions could be built according to the principles of the Marquis de...
    The Esseillon forts were not built there by chance!

    Built on a glacial lock at the entrance to the vertiginous Arc Gorge, their mission was to protect the border and prevent the passage of French troops.

    As you walk along the path linking the five buildings, you will marvel at the genius of the designers and builders of these walls. Reading tables scattered along the route will help you understand how such constructions could be built according to the principles of the Marquis de Montalembert.

    Organised like a small village, Fort Victor-Emmanuel invites you to wander through its maze. You will enter the daily life of the soldiers of the time, passing through the different buildings that organised daily life: chapel, hospital, powder magazine and even... prison and cemetery! It must not have been fun every day...

    But fortunately this is no longer the case today, where numerous activities are offered in the heart of this unique fortress in France.
  • This walk can be started at a number of different points: Marie-Thérèse Redoubt car park (Avrieux): From Modane, follow the N6 into the Haute Maurienne. After a few kilometres, park on the left at the car park for the Marie-Thérèse Redoubt and the Esseillon Forts. Fort Victor-Emmanuel car park (Aussois): After Modane, turn left for Aussois (7 km). At the entrance to the village, follow the “Fort Marie-Christine et Forts de l’Esseillon” signs and go down to Fort Victor-Emmanuel.
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    From 01/01 to 31/12.
    Under your own responsibility and depending on snow conditions.
  • Environment
    • In the mountains
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
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  • Services
    • Animals accepted
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