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Le Fort Saint Elme, Collioure

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Le Fort Saint Elme is a sturdy fortress of revolutionary architecture, designed to be effective against artillery and conventional assault. Notice that the walls are made extra thick to absorb artillery fire. Other design aspects make it difficult for troops to scale or otherwise breach the exterior. Like many French fortresses, it was designed to defend the Spanish border during the Thirty Years War. Centuries of conflict have made their mark on this fortress, including some buildings that were destroyed when the German navy occupied the area during World War II. Visit the museum to explore a full arsenal with armor, swords, shields, spears, firearms, and other artifacts, mostly from the Renaissance. Put Le Fort Saint Elme at the forefront of your travel plans using our Collioure travel itinerary planner.
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  • See, day and night, a walk and a very nice view, family, lovers or solitaire
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  • Very beautiful fort. We went in a small train. Very friendly with a driver who gave us lots of anecdotes! Travel in the middle of the vineyards. To do.
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  • superb site, view fall, very nice thanks to the staff at the top. the collection is impressive and varied, reasonable price! I highly recommend a visit.
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  • Very nicely restored fortress with extensive and well-displayed medieval armaments, tools of combat. Good historical information posted. 360 degree views of the Mediterranean and Pyrenees from atop the fortress.
  • The views of Collioure from up here is lovely. I drove the car up a very narrow and windy single track as it was a last minute evening thing to do.
  • Worth the walk up the hill for the incredible views
  • Disguise (sword and shield) for children (2 years and 4 years) and staff. The visit is done in 45 minutes with many Knights armor, medieval weapons. The view is superb. It's really a very nice family visit.
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  • Very nice fort well maintained! 1 h to 2 h visit. I you Council to access from the town of Collioure, on the way, a wonderful mill and superb view will reward you for your efforts. Accessible by all.
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