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. Arrange to visit Les Forts de l'Esseillon and other attractions in Aussois using our Aussois route website .
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  • This self-guided tour is extraordinary in this fort very well preserved. One is very much guided by panels and a made-up story of a soldier who had lost his notebook. We discover the ingenuity of the builders of the time. Here the historical dimension is joined by literature because the shadow of Dino Buzzati look Valley that we imagine to be the Desert of Tartars.
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  • These different forts are mostly open to the public. I know for years and rediscovered them as soon as I return to Aussois. Victor Emmanuel explanatory panels are very interesting. I did not still the guide but I think to do that someday. I hope that this place will always be as accessible.
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  • Nice great walk to the forts with a nice view... Many panels which tells the story of the strong and small backpack for kids to solve puzzles... while discovering the strong...
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