Fort National Saint-Malo

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Old Fort National of Saint-Malo.
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  1. #FR43
  2. 60 Chau. du Sillon, 35400 Saint-Malo, France
  3. +33672466626
  5. Prices*:
    Adults - 5 €
    Child ( 6 - 16 years old ) -3 €
  6. * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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The engineering mastermind Vauban drew up plans for this forward bastion on the Îlette rock at the western end of Plage du Sillon.

It bears his tell-tale star configuration, and was the final piece in Saint-Malo’s defensive puzzle, conceived to protect the city from the British navy.

It did just this job in 1693 when it helped to fend off an Anglo-Dutch attack.

Much later it became a makeshift prison for the German forces in the last days of their occupation in 1944. The fortress is open in the summer for tours, and is a perfect document of 17th-century military design.

You’ll know when you come for a look around because the French tricolour will be flying.

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