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Fenestrelle Fortress, Fenestrelle

Categories: Historic Sites, Military Facilities, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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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  • It's a truly unique tour where he breathes history and legend, the Fort is unique in Europe, I would say well preserved suitable for children.
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  • Beautiful experience but too tiring if you exercised. We booked and made the entire path that lasts a day. For me personally it wasn't easy, for other members of the family, Yes! Beautiful but if you are not trained and if you have kids who don't like to walk or challenges and best left at home.
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  • Sunday 25th 50 F 8.30am 3996 steps to go a backpack with water and sandwiches, better have the right shoes, dressed in layers. Our tour guide Federico, member of the Volunteers Association of San Carl...  read more »
  • Cannot get my mind around this place and who could have built it.
  • One of the Forts guarding the Piedmontese valleys with a strong visual impact with his development along the ridge from the Valley to the top with 600 m of altitude. Managed by the associazione Progetto San Carlo who assumes responsibility for bar/restaurant and 1, 3 visits or 7:00. Striking the climb up the ladder blanket with the icicles and the strong snowstorm. Beautiful views of the Val Chisone. Clever and engaging guide.
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  • Last time I visit when it was still completely covered in snow: I recommend it to everyone.
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  • Imposing and majestic Savoyard military fort, so meticulously and ingeniously constructed, as to be virtually impregnable; so impregnable from never being battlegrounds. Today we can explore in its entirety with one eye gaping for the skill and also with a little compassion for all physical and moral sufferings of those who have spent long stays. Today the tourist facility offers a welcome garbatissima, a course guide prepared, friendly, affable and original (Ashleigh) and a restaurant with typical dishes. Recommend a trekking gear for the two types of path.
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  • Forte di Fenestrelle should be considered as a real concentration camp, especially from management, aware of the grim past of this huge construction. 1880-1887 were deported I don't know how many southerners under the command of the Savoy but at a distance of 150 and a little more people seem to forget. Women, children, the elderly and the young soldiers killed by cold and hunger. The Fort of Fenestrelle you thought the first tanks with lime to dissolve the bodies of Bourbon soldiers. Nevertheless remains a huge fortress and of immense protection for Piedmont that in command of Cavour made an all-out civil war, silent, forgotten by everyone and labelled under the heading of "Southern question".
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