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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Eva Frigren (2 years ago)
Interesting museum about the maritime history of St Tropez and what a view of the bay.
Ludy (2 years ago)
Amazin view on the see.. entry just 3 Euro.
Evangeline Evangelista (2 years ago)
A great interesting museum which has lots of information about the story of the city. Its worth to visit.
Eric TREU (2 years ago)
A must see in st tropez, one of the best naval museum I have seen. Very well done and thorough. Only 3 euros.
Hammond Pearce (3 years ago)
Very interesting museum and old fortress. Would definitely recommend a visit to anyone in the area. It also had English translations available within it, which as a bogon I really appreciated.
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