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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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  • We visited the Fort of Fenestrelle in the afternoon of March 5, 2017, with a guided tour. We chose the route of 3 hours though, due to bad weather, Claudio, our guide (a person very prepared, engaging and witty) preferred to reduce the travel time to 2 hours. It was an interesting trail, despite the presence of snow and ice. In this regard, we encourage potential travellers to wear hiking shoes or boots in the winter months. Would love to go back, maybe in the spring, for a guided tour of 7 hours.
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  • Great visit the Fort under the snow really good driving Ashleigh lunch stop restaurant at the Fort: brilliant really. Very friendly staff and cosy good cook Francis.
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  • The Fort of Fenestrelle is a unique architectural work: the biggest military construction in the Alps, which extends over a difference of hundreds of metres, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Within the various bodies near the entrance, as well as an interesting Museum on the Alpine military corps, there is a restaurant offering traditional local dishes, with good service and a unique atmosphere.
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  • A fantastic place. Very competent staff. The long visit require a whole day walking but totally worth! Landscapes are unique
  • Cannot get my mind around this place and who could have built it.
  • indescribable Majesty. I consider it useless instead some reviews on the issue "Southern". At the time of the Italian unification the so-called KINGDOM of the TWO SICILIES was a State apart, to fight for the unification. So if any soldier was taken prisoner or "deported" we may stay. It's called war. I don't think the prisoners of the Savoy State, or of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, or of LOMBARDY VENETIA have been treated better and he was given room and Board, and an umbrella at the beach. Remember especially those who have had benefits from the Union.
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  • The Europe's largest alpine fortress! Built by the Piedmontese army to defend the border by the French. An exceptional work. A must visit in one of his 3 hits. 1 hour, 3 hours or 7 hours. 3996 steps and so much history. Piedmont, a great nation in Europe to visit!
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  • Guided tour of Nice, addicting, of great historical interest and also challenging from a physical point of view, given the possible about 4000 steps in salita😀😀
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