The Mont-Dauphin citadel

Mont-Dauphin, place fortifiée par Vauban. Source : GNU Free Documentation License

Entirely built by Vauban from1693 onwards, the citadel was intended to prevent access from the Valley of the Durance by the troops of the Duke of the Savoie.

Entirely built by Vauban from1693 onwards, the Mont-Dauphin citadel was thus named in honour of the son of Louis XIV. It was intended to prevent access from the Valley of the Durance by the troops of the Duke of the Savoie.

Opposite the Fort des Salettes, at the foot of the Col de l'Infernet, it is a fortification on several levels with two fortified sides, positioned on a rocky promontory (1400 m) offering imposing natural defences. Its peculiarity comes from an imposing wall (2.20 m wide by 9.30 m high), which crosses the fort lengthwise, backed onto by the only barracks building. This advance post, built on the edge of a forest, watched over the Vallon du Fontenil and protected the Fort des Têtes. With its outlook it allowed the Fort des Salettes to completely secure the route from Italy.
The Mont-Dauphin citadel 05100 Briançon Mont-Dauphin Tourist Information Office Tel.: +33 (0) 4.92.45.17.80

  • The Mont-Dauphin citadel, northern gate. Source: town of Mont-Dauphin

  • The Mont-Dauphin citadel taken from the air. Source: town of Mont-Dauphin

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