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Citadelle de Blaye, Blaye

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Historic Site
A military complex of 93-acres constructed between 1685 and 1689 to protect Bordeaux from attacks, Citadelle de Blaye overlooks the Gironde estuary. The walled city, built around a former monastery, includes several army barracks, as well as the 12th-century Rudel Castle, 12th-century Liverneuf Gate, and 15th-century Eguillette Tower. Guided tours explain the architecture of the site, as well as the defense system and how it was used. Arrange to visit Citadelle de Blaye and other attractions in Blaye using our Blaye vacation generator.
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  • The Citadel itself is impressive and well worth a visit. In many ways the best view is from the river so a boat trip helps you appreciate the size and scale. The approaches from the town are good but ...  more »
  • Charming within, impressive from the outside, this citadel is worth visiting just for the views. The grounds are beautifully kept and entry is free too.  more »
  • The citadel was designed and built by the famous French architect/engineer Vauban as a walled city in the Gironne estuary to protect Bordeaux from a sea invasion. The defense system included the rampa...  more »
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