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Les Forts de l'Esseillon, Aussois

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Les Forts de l'Esseillon were built between 1819 and 1834 with pressure from Austria who wanted protection through the mountains. They are significant because they improved the mountain pass from Piedmont.

Other outside forces also had their say; Italy wanted the forts destroyed when they signed the Treaty of Turin, but France ordered the opposite and had the forts preserved. However, in 1943 their labors became ironic when one of the forts was converted into a prison. You will see these hotly contested series of forts erupt from a rocky lock. They are a historical mark on the mountain face and serve as a grand reminder of the multiple borders criss-crossing the Alps. Put Les Forts de l'Esseillon into our Aussois holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Aussois.
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  • Very nice view on the Valley of Modane, the massifs which surround this site are beautiful. This string of forts along the Valley is surprising.
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  • Super interesting and free... beautiful only visit with friends. There is information on posters pure help us.
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  • Once on the site you're immediately thrown into history. It must be cover you it's very cold.
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