Fenestrelle Fortress, Fenestrelle

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. See Fenestrelle Fortress and all Fenestrelle has to offer by arranging your trip with our Fenestrelle planning website .
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  • It was a really beautiful experience definitely be redone and thanks to our guide we rode the story and visited a part of strong even with chamois
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  • We visited the Fort on 01/05/2017, sure weren't expecting snow, though it was magnificent, snow gave a touch of magical ... Really nice Royal promenade. We will be back in the summer to enjoy the scenery. The Guide Michel very prepared and kind. The ticket includes a visit to a few museums in the country.
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  • August family vacation area Sestriere, where to? Coincidently I find a brochure which speaks enthusiastically of this fortress, calling it the longest city walls after the great wall of China ... exaggerated, I think. But we are in the area and lean for visiting hours, guided tours only. We arrive in the early afternoon and ... great! The fortress unwinds along the mountain, climbing with a difference of over 600 m. Our guide is a fantastic English student in Italy for years and local history buff. The visit is long and sometimes laborious (the part, with a dislivelllo a couple of hundred metres is remarkable, but my kids, the little 5 years only, they did it well, better than I do!) All narrated, dramatized and made unique by the passion of our guide. Arrived at the highest point (but there's actually a second guided tour, not open to all but only to experts) the show is breathtaking! I am really amazed that a bit so amazing it was so little known outside the big tourist circuit, and held open and alive only thanks to the great passion of proloco and volunteers who run it. Deserves to 200%!
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  • Incredible place, biggest fortress in the world after china wall
  • A fantastic place. Very competent staff. The long visit require a whole day walking but totally worth! Landscapes are unique
  • amazing place must have
  • Amazing piece of history.
  • Built by the Savoy in 120 years this magnificent work is the longest wall after the Chinese one that runs for 3 km. A lovely sheer work surrounded by nature and a view to die for! Masterpieces that only in Italy we have and that we must protect and enhance!
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