Vestiges du Bagne, Ile Des Pins

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View a piece of history in ruins at Vestiges du Bagne, an old prison that housed French convicts from 1864 to 1924. Since its closure, vegetation has overtaken the former jail, but you can still hike through the tall grass to explore this abandoned slice of history. Take a tour guide with you if you wish to see the tiny prison cells and hear the little-known facts about the place. Wear sturdy shoes and lots of bug repellant. Use our Ile Des Pins trip builder to add Vestiges du Bagne and other attractions to your Ile Des Pins vacation plans.
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  • July 21, 2017
    Worth a visit if you like the "history. Too bad the site is very little maintained and that no explanation is provided to the visitor. In fact, the site seems a little abandoned. Too bad because the ruins are despite their State moving only the cemetery of the convicts in height has been set up and has interesting information
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  • July 14, 2017
    Interesting to visit, particularly if you picture the prisoners a century ago. It reminded us of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the old French prison movie. An hour is enough time.  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    Ok so I have to confess straight up that in spite of reading that visitors are welcome to roam around and explore the old jail both my partner and i felt like we were trespassing. We needed a little m...  more »

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