The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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11 March 2021  |  Tourism

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

Discover the Fort de Salses its rich history, living quarters, battlements and keep, set between Etangs de Salses and the Corbières.

A red-brick fortress of masterpiece of military architecture, constructed to guard the French / Spanish border, open for guided or unaccompanied tours.

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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Originally at the site was Salses-le-Château which dates back to 1007. This château was destroyed during a siege in 1496.

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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In the late 15th century, Spanish architect Francisco Ramiro Lopez constructed the Fort de Salses.

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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The Fort de Salses consists of 3 areas. The living quarters, the battlements and the keep. It was home to 1,500 men. Surrounded by a 20 metre moat its imposing stone structures measuring 110 x 84 metres was hoped a deterrent to attackers.

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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In 1503, 1639 and then again in 1640 the site was besieged and captured. In 1503 the fortress survived a fire. In 1639 it was captured by the French, then recaptured by the Spanish in 1640. In 1682 Louis XIV turned the fort into a prison.

In 1886 its listed historic monument status saved the fort from destruction.

Official website: http://www.forteresse-salses.fr/en/

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