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A mountain citadel ready for use

Located in the eastern Pyrenees at an altitude of 1600 metres, the stronghold of Mont-Louis was built from scratch by Vauban on granite terrain and is perfectly adapted to the geography of the site.
Work started in 1679 and was completed in two years. The fortified ensemble was added as a complement to Villefranche-de-Conflent in securing the route from the Pyrenees.
This ensemble consists of two square structures, in tiers on the slope: a citadel with orillon bastions and demi-lunes (ravelins) and a new town enclosed in the enceinte.
Although it is rare, all the watch towers and drawbridge gates as well as both churches and wells have been preserved intact since the 17th century.
The citadel is still used for military purposes today.

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Town of Mont-Louis
Boulevard Vauban
66 210 Mont-Louis
Tél : +33 (0)4 68 04 21 18