Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

Discover the Forteresse 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.

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

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

Forteresse 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.

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 fortress from destruction.

Opening hours and entrance fees for Forteresse de Salses

Website: www.forteresse-salses.fr


The walk to Forteresse de Salses

The walk to Forteresse de Salses

The autoroute aire that gives access to Forteresse de Salses

The autoroute aire that gives access to Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses plan

Forteresse de Salses plan

Entrance gate to Forteresse de Salses

Entrance gate to Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses inner dry moat

Forteresse de Salses inner dry moat

Entrance gate to Forteresse de Salses

Entrance gate to Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses

Forteresse de Salses


Location

Forteresse de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales, France




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