Mont Dauphin Fortress

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The Mont-Dauphin fort was built by Vauban in 1693 and is part of the 12 major Vauban sites inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list in 2008.
Behind the ramparts in pink marble, you can see the barracks where the soldiers of Louis 14th  lived, the watchtower on the cliff where they kept watch, the powder store and the arsenal where they kept arms and gunpowder.
You will also find an unusual village where 140 people live, just like everybody, but in an extraordinary setting of southern sunshine, sparkling snow, silence and stones laden with history.
From the ramparts you can see the strategic knot of valleys. Look at the Queyras mountains with their thousands of hiking trails, the ski resorts of Vars and Risoul, the 4000m high glaciers in the Ecrins mountain range. Go in, let your imagination run wild and you will see the king’s soldiers, wearing their tunics and tricorns and carrying long muskets, appear on the bastions.  In fact they will reenact the scene for you all summer long.
The Vauban stronghold of Mont Dauphin was created from scratch by Maréchal Vauban on the orders of Louis XIV following an invasion by the troops of the Duchy of Savoy in 1692. Built in a star shape on a sheer-sided arid plateau known as the     “thousand winds” it defended Provence and the Dauphiné by blocking access to the Durance valley from Italy.
When the border was extended eastwards in 1713, the fortress was no longer of use.  Just like its church, the town that Vauban designed was never completed. It was gradually abandoned by the army and became a historic monument in 1966. Paragon of military architecture from the Grand Siècle, the site is managed by the CMN (Centre des monuments nationaux) Centre for National Monuments.
The ramparts and bastions are strengthened by steep cliffs on the side of the Durance and Guil rivers and by ditches and advanced fortification on the Eygliers glacis side.
It never knew a battle, so the pink marble ramparts and military buildings are in perfect condition and offer a unique insight into military life in the 18th century. In the middle lives an unusual village surrounded by mountains on all sides and protected from the hustle and bustle and noise of the valleys by the ramparts, bathed in the midday sun and sparkling with snow in winter.
Mont-Dauphin, and the 12 other sites fortified by Vauban, form the Network of Major Vauban Sites, inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list in 2008. Amongst them, Mont-Louis combined with Mont-Dauphin to form the twin towns of the Sun King.
Guided Tour in French.
Tour lasts 2 hours.                                  
The guided tour takes in the Lunette d’Arçon, the underground passageways, the powder store, arsenal, Vauban fortifications and the Rochambeu barracks.
Times for guided tours :
From 1st October to 31st May : 3pm (except Mondays)
From 1st to 30th June and from 1st to 30th September : 10 am and 3 pm.
From 1st July to 31st August : 10 am, 3 pm and 4 pm (every day).
Additional tours can be booked all year round.
Tel. 33 / (0)4 92 45 42 40
Fax 33 / (0)4 92 46 12 68 
E mail
 full rate: 7,50 €        
reduced rate: 4,50 €           
group adults: 6 € (groups of 20 and over)
free for :-
Under 18s (with the family, and excluding  school groups)
Disabled access for those with reduced mobility
  • Disabled access :
    • Access for people with reduced mobility
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GPS coordinates
Latitude : 44.66932
Longitude : 6.62381
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2016
Plein Tarif7.50€
Tarif Réduit4.50€
Groupe adultes6.00€A partir de 20 personnes
GratuitéFreePour les - de 18 ans (en famille et hors groupes scolaires)
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