Fort de Pierre-Levée

Île d'Yeu, France

Fort de Pierre-Levée, also known as La Citadelle is a fortress built between 1858-1866. It was purposed for 400 soldiers. Since 1871 the fortress functioned as a barracks and prison. The most famous prisoner was Philippe Pétain (1856-1951), a French general who reached the distinction of Marshal of France, and was later Chief of State of Vichy France during World War II. He died in Fort de Pierre-Levée in 1951. The fortress was defined as a national monument in 1984.

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Founded: 1858-1866
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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