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Esseillon forts

Historic site and monument, Fortified structure, Fort in Aussois

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  • Erected between 1817 and 1834 to counter potential threats from the French, the Esseillon barrier consisted of 5 forts built at intervals between the villages of Aussois and Avrieux.

  • Erected between 1817 and 1834 against the possible aims of France, the barrier of Esseillon is composed of 5 forts spread over the communes of Aussois and Avrieux.
    The barrier of Esseillon includes 4 forts and a redoubt which bear the names of members of the Savoy family. They are built on the model of Montalembert which, contrary to Vauban's model, is based on the principle of perpendicular fortifications and cannon towers:
    - Fort Victor-Emmanuel (Grand Site du Département and Site of...
    Erected between 1817 and 1834 against the possible aims of France, the barrier of Esseillon is composed of 5 forts spread over the communes of Aussois and Avrieux.
    The barrier of Esseillon includes 4 forts and a redoubt which bear the names of members of the Savoy family. They are built on the model of Montalembert which, contrary to Vauban's model, is based on the principle of perpendicular fortifications and cannon towers:
    - Fort Victor-Emmanuel (Grand Site du Département and Site of Regional Interest, this building has been the subject of a major restoration programme.
    - Fort Charles-Albert (only two small garrison buildings and the base of a tower remain of this building)
    - Fort Charles-Felix (destroyed on the orders of Napoleon III, when Savoy became part of France in 1860. Visiting the building is not recommended as it is dangerous. Romantic, the fort is nevertheless admirable from the road).
    - Fort Marie-Christine (Cultural Centre, gîte d'étape, restaurant, and gateway to the Vanoise National Park, places to visit and occasional activities).
    - Marie-Thérèse Redoubt (Interpretation Centre of the Fortified Heritage)
  • Deals

    Developed site: Waymarked path, via ferrata.
  • Environment

    • In the mountains
Services
  • Equipment

    • Bar
    • Public toilets
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Parking nearby
    • bus parking
  • Services

    • Restaurant
    • Guided tours
  • Rates
  • Free
Openings

Openings

  • All year
    Opened Everyday
    * Group visits on request all year round
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