среда, 3 июня 2009 г.

FRANCE / Saint-Martin-de-Ré

The beautiful harbour.
The town is well known as a fortified town, and has extensive fortifications and a citadel added by Vauban in the latter part of the 17th century. You will see these fortifications both as you approach the town, and along the seafront when in the town. In total there are 12km of fortifications here - walls up to eight metres high and two metres thick, with impressive gateway entrances and citadel - built to defend the western coast of France from attack by the English. The English never came, and from the 18th century on parts were used as a prison.

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