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Fenestrelle Fortress, Fenestrelle

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Renowned as the biggest alpine fortification in Europe, Fenestrelle Fortress dominates the hills above Fenestrelle. Often nicknamed "The Great Wall of the Alps," this giant fortress occupies 130 hectares (320 acres) of land. Built by the House of Savoy in the late 17th century, this fortress sat at a strategic point by the French border at a time when Europe was aflame with wars of nation-building. The complex includes three major forts, ramparts, batteries, barracks, powder magazines, warehouses, kitchens, a governor's mansion, a parade ground, and a church. Due to pillaging over time, the fortress is now in a state of preservation and reconstruction: your entry fees will help with this process. Make Fenestrelle Fortress part of your personalized Fenestrelle itinerary using our Fenestrelle itinerary planner.
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  • Impressive fortification and very pleasent guides. Just a comments on the organization and start of the guided tours, which in our case was with a delay. I would recomed this visit.  more »
  • We checked the website before we travelled to make sure the fort was open. Unfortunately when we got there the gates were shut and locked despite the sign saying the opening hours, which coincided wit...  more »
  • My friend & I originally planned this trip to see what remained of the Pignerol Fortress, Exilles & Fenestrelle were really to be the side show. However, this turned out to be the highlight of the tri...  more »
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  • A fantastic place. Very competent staff. The long visit require a whole day walking but totally worth! Landscapes are unique
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  • Amazing piece of history.
  • Cannot get my mind around this place and who could have built it.
  • A beautiful tour near Turin at forte di Fenestrelle. Three-hour guided tour with very nice and attractive guide which explained the story without boring. A place little known and little noticed. Saturday evening touring show inside the Fort with aperitif and vin brulet just €10. I will bring the 8 and 22 July and August. Must book in advance. The venue is also available for private events, dinners, weddings, ceremonies at very low prices (offer). Still worth a ride. There is also a full-day guided 7:00 with packed lunch. Very low prices compared to visit (€24 2 toddlers and two adults). So enjoy this summer!
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