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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 treasure hunt for children which starts at the tourist office of Aussois where they can pick up a backpack with various objects that will help them navigate strong Victor Emmanuel on the trail of an ex-soldier, a playful and original way to make known to children and adults living conditions of another era, we walk we're looking for is instructed landscapes and magnificent views, the time passes very quickly, and despite the quite long and steep course no complaints reported on the side of the children who loved
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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'...  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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