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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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  • A fascinating hike that makes us through the history of the inhabitants of a fort. Completed with the BD which plunges us into history forts.
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  • Hiking snowshoes. The ski is sports, especially when the course is very snowy. But the beauty of the site is well worth the effort. Victor Emmanuel is grandiose. The site is notable. I know that winter. The summer it must be fabulous-especially with the via ferrata nearby as well as the climbing park near of the Redoubt Marie Therese. Do absolutely as it is free.
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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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