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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  • The fortress that was built by the Savoy between the years 1850 and 1728, under the direction of architect Ignazio Bertola, protects access to Turin via the Valley Chisone at an altitude between 1200 and 1800 meters. The territory was acquired by the Duke of Savoy in 1709 called later the King of Sardinia. The fortress is the biggest and highest military fortification in Europe. In 1887, became the headquarters of the third ReggimentoAlpini. After World War II the Fort was abandoned. Only in 1990, a group of volunteers began restoration and recovery and in 2007 the place became part of the top 100 archaeological sites in the world. Very interesting and if you are in the area, don't miss it.
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  • If you have half a day, you should visit it. No need to book in advance. He is a guided tour, to take advantage of it, you should walk and climb many steps, it requires some physical exertion, but worthwhile.
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  • One remains speechless as soon as you reach the town of fenestrelle and turns gaze to the fortress. The 3-hour Guide, provides both indoor and outdoor seats on the inside on the Mule! You are surrounded all the time by breathtaking scenery. Special thanks to our guide, Frederick, who succeeded with extraordinary professionalism and friendliness to involve adults and children and to keep alive the attention!
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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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