Saint-Tropez Citadel

Saint-Tropez, France

In 1589, Maréchal de Villars supervised the construction of a small fort on the hill known as 'colline des Moulins' overlooking Saint-Tropez. This fort was destroyed in 1595, but the military engineer Raymond de Bonnefons chose the same site to build further defensive structures from the start of the 17th century.

The hexagonal tower, which formed an essential part of the village's defence system, was erected between 1602 and 1607. The Citadel underwent numerous modifications over the centuries, before falling into disuse in the 19th century, when the strategic interest of this perfectly-preserved fortress finally diminished.

The old cannons are still in place facing out towards to sea, and the views from the top are stunning across the Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea.

Bought up by the town in 1993 and made a listed monument, today it hosts a museum dedicated to the history of Saint Tropez and its relationship with the sea.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Jenny (5 months ago)
Interesting history. Fantastic views. Very reasonably priced to get in. €4!!
Andres Bermudez (11 months ago)
We came to see the citadel and were not particularly interested in visiting the museum, but we actually enjoyed it. It's well-made, organized, and well-maintained, plus you only pay 4eu to see both. I recommend it.
Ervin Mlok (14 months ago)
First place in France where they spoke English too... We recommend to be here at 10 morning... No one was here so we had it only for us
John Fries (15 months ago)
Very complete maritime museum with wide ranging exhibits concentrating on the local heritage from antiquity to near present day. Recommended.
S. Stanimirova (15 months ago)
Probably the best place in this overrated town. The view from up there is amazing!
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