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Citadel of Blaye

Today, the citadel of Blaye has been, which is part of the Network of Vauban sites, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO with the Vauban Lock. Marked by the history of France and by famous figures, it invites you to discover magnificent panoramas over the largest estuary in Europe: the Gironde.

It preserves its defence system organized by Vauban with its 1,5km of fortification, its doors and underground passages, as well as the buildings which are necessary for the smooth operation of a garrison : old monastery, jail, barraks, gunpowder depot... 1500 soldiers at the time of Vauban, more than 30 hectares of fortifications, the citadel of Blaye perfectly carries its motto: star and key of Aquitaine. From the song of Roland de Roncesvalles to the hat of General Bugeaud, the rocky promontory chosen by Louis XIV to build the citadel has always played an important role in the history of France.

The citadel promises you a nice walk along its narrow streets, meeting the craftspeople & artists, walking around the shops and taking a break in a restaurant. Do not hesitate to follow one of our guides to really understand the history and go into the underground passages.



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