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Les Forts de l'Esseillon, Aussois

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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5/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
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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  • We went on holiday in the village of Aussois last summer. It is a little village in the mountains, in Parc de la Vanoise. we have 2 teenagers, and we like trecking a lot. We discovered the forts of l'...  read more »
  • These strong 200 years old, do not appear to have moved to a yotta. They are sublime and pleasantly blend into the landscape. If you are sporting, take the opportunity to start the via ferrata of the Devil: a sequence of 7 via ferrata of different levels and sensations.
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  • There are 5 including 1 non-aligned to each other. C was the goal more than 150 years ago. top 3 at see (Victor Emmanuel, Marie Christine and Marie Thérèse) a non finish and one largely demolished and a little dangerous to visit. The others are really to do for those who love the strong, old castles... Originally created when Savoy was not yet French... A rough life for the soldiers. A designer who wanted to do differently from the buildings to the Vauban (bastion and co....). To access there are a few very nice rides but a little hard depending on whether we like walking in the mountains or not. A real point of interest among many in this beginning of the Vanoise Park.
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