Located in the eastern Pyrenees at an altitude of 1600 metres, the stronghold of Mont-Louis was built from scratch by Vauban on granite terrain and is perfectly adapted to the geography of the site. Work started in 1679 and was completed in two years. The fortified ensemble was added as a complement to Villefranche-de-Conflent in securing the route from the Pyrenees.

This ensemble consists of two square structures, in tiers on the slope: a citadel with orillon bastions and demi-lunes (ravelins) and a new town enclosed in the enceinte. Although it is rare, all the watch towers and drawbridge gates as well as both churches and wells have been preserved intact since the 17th century. The citadel is still used for military purposes today.

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Bruno Bertin (2 years ago)
Très beau fort, bien conservé par les militaires.
Alex Assouad (2 years ago)
Très beau monument de la région avec une belle architecture et une ville assez vivante malgré les apparences. Cependant, dû au manque de budget de la mairie, on remarque que les murs du fort doivent être rénové, mais cela se fera dans quelques années en attendant un budget plus gros pour mettre en œuvre les actions de la mairesse.
Felipe Calvo (2 years ago)
Una pasada de villa/ciudadela. Patrimonio de la Humanidad junto a otras fortificaciones que se encuentran por toda Francia. Impresionantes las defensas, el encanto del pueblo y su tranquilidad. Lo mejor es ir desde Puigcerda. Hay que ver el horno solar. La visita en invierno a pesar de que la carretera no es fácil es mucho más bonita. Y una vez allí bajar a ver Villefranche de Conflans y Prades. Un viaje que ocupa todo el día pero de 10.
Mario Nm (2 years ago)
Fortaleza muy bonita y bien conservada. Se puede dar un buen paseo por su interior. Hay restaurantes y tiendas.
Sur Sum (2 years ago)
Der Ort liegt auf einer Höhe von 1600 Metern über dem Meer. Sehenswert ist die Festungsanlage vom Baumeister Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban aus dem 17. Jahrhundert ebenso sehenswert ist der Solarschmelzofen von Félix Trombe der immerhin eine Leistung von 50kW hat,
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