Chateau de Fouras – Fort Vauban

 

In the Province of Nouvelle Aquitaine – lies the region of Poitou Charentes. And in this Region there is a lot to do and much more to see!DSC_0281It is in the small town of Fouras, near Rochefort-sur-Mer and La Rochelle that Fort Vauban stands and watches over the city like a lookout.DSC_0286A short tour in one morning of winter to discover Fort Vauban and its museum located in the dungeon at the top of which the terrace offers a breath-taking view overlooking the French Atlantic side of the ocean.DSC_0280The castle of Fouras was fortified in 1672 by Vauban, it stands actually the dungeon, which houses the Regional Museum of the city, and the compound.  Walking down the wooden panel it takes you straight through the red door of this Maritime Museum.  (I couldn’t bring you pictures of inside the museum, it was too crowded because everyone got in quickly since outside was a very cold winter day?)  I found it impossible to crash through people to be able to take pictures.  But promise someday I will bring you some pretty pictures.DSC_0278It became a signal station during World War 2, the Fort Vauban, its fortification with many tales. Truly to be known that it has always watched over the Estuary of the Charente.DSC_0285In the Medieval era, the fort was the castle of the lords of Rochefort. They used it as a portal or barricade for boats entering the Charente. It was the war of religion in the 15th century that saw the destruction of the Castle.  A dungeon of 30 meters high was built, to watch the sea from the top of its terrace.It was while the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort was under construction that “Vauban” ordered the fortications of what we know as “The Fort Vauban” today.  The Fort Vauban defended the Charente River and the shipyard of Rochefort for many a centuries.DSC_0283Inside the Fort Vauban you will discover the Regional Museum of Fouras that exposed the maritime, military archeology, arts and seaside history of Fouras-les-Bains.  And you will also find beautiful arts and crafts of today’s artists. DSC_0282When you are next in Fouras or should you ever visit this part of France, climb the terrace of the fort, you will not want to miss the amazing view on the estuary and its island of Ré, Oleron, Madame, Aix, and its famous Fort Boyard.   Don’t forget to bring your camera to photograph this amazing view that you’ll find nowhere else!DSC_0284Stand on the deck of the this patrimoine of Fouras, you discovers again one of the most famous French historical aspect – and that is the “Fort Boyard” in the distance.  It is far out at sea that it is impossible to even see it in the picture. DSC_0279Fouras has a lovely ambience that combines a seaside mood with the charm of a small French town.DSC_0233The full name of the town is Fouras les Bains which flash back to the time when people went there to take the ‘sea baths’ and a lot of the architecture is reminiscent of this time with beautiful Belle Epoque mansions set in leafy streets.DSC_0234DSC_0230You will never forget the seaside village of Fouras and try your luck at finding some oysters before you leave.DSC_0235Aurevoir Fouras, a tres bientot!DSC_0232Well ladies and gentlemen, I have tried my best to detail the history of the “Fouras” little town in the best way I have understood it.  I hope to return someday to visit again. There is so much to see in this small village town.  I promise someday I will bring you some more pictures of this little town.

Here is the link where you can read about the very important personnel called “Vauban” and all his work in the domain of fortification.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A9bastien_Le_Prestre_de_Vauban

I wish you all a wonderful week!DSC_0229Pictures are my properties, my own words –  defined from how this piece of history was written!

 

 

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