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Les Forts de l'Esseillon, Aussois

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#5 of 21 in Historic Sites in Savoie
Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • Several course arrow panels, associated with games for children. Very interesting. Either walk a course completely, go to fort strong with the drive. Victor Emmanuel fort is the most complete to visit. Information on the website or on site.
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  • A magical place, beautiful landscape with possibility to visit also the other fortresses but I recommend that you dedicate a day ... can you bring the buns and eat there! There are two routes, one a little more adventurous will lead you to the iron bridge, ability to live the experience of the pulley which lets you cross the canyon beautiful. You do not pay the entrance fee but one big minus is the neglect faced by these places full of history ... a shame!
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  • We love the history of this fort, run, visit. Every time it's a moment of joy. This is a visit to do!
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