Vauban Fortifications
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Vauban Fortifications
A number of structures throughout France designed by Louis XIV’s great 17th-century military architect and engineer, Vauban, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and three of them are at the mouth of the Gironde. Encompassing some 94 acres within its fortifications, the Citadel of Blaye is the major fortress in a trio that also includes Fort Paté on a small island and Fort Médoc on the left bank. Like a rope strung across the Gironde, they offered a formidable defense against any foreign ship unwise enough to try to head upriver toward Bordeaux.
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