Fortification

Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA

The tradition says that the Saunerie gate was raised to celebrate king of France François Ier’s visit in Manosque, in 1516! Oh, since we’re talking about him, here’s a legend... The king was coming...

Guilhempierre gate - ©Véronique PAGNIER / CC-BY-SA Guilhempierre gate - ©Véronique PAGNIER / CC-BY-SA

Scared stiff Here’s the Guilhem-Pierre gate. The former one was destroyed in 1836, after a cholera epidemic which decimated inhabitants of Manosque. Why? Because fresh air and light had to enter in...

Saint-Pierre gate - ©Pline / CC-BY-SA Saint-Pierre gate - ©Pline / CC-BY-SA

Joan was on her way back from Reims, where she crowned her king, Charles VII. We were in 1429. She arrived in Château-Thierry by the Southern gate (the Saint-Pierre gate). Far from resting, she...

The citadel - ©Babouchkaya / CC-BY-SA The citadel - ©Babouchkaya / CC-BY-SA

Stags skins for the nuns The proud counts of Poitiers raised their castle here, on the sweet island of Oléron, and before them the count of Anjou Geoffroy Martel in the 10th century (Foulques Nerra...

The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain

Foulques in Moncontour The keep was raised in 1040 by Fulk Nerra (Foulques in French), the famous builder count of Anjou. Here, this tower looks like every keep Fulk raised in France.Two Bretons...

The gate - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The gate - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

It dates back to the 13th century: it’s the only gate remaining from Mehun’s former ramparts. Whoa, what a door! Looking like the one we saw in Dun-sur-Auron or in Déols, both in Central France...

The amphitheatre - ©Patricia.fidi / Public domain The amphitheatre - ©Patricia.fidi / Public domain

Jules’ market Former Forum Julii, ″Jules’ market″, Fréjus was born between 58 and 44 BC. At that time, Caesar ruled over the Gaul. Augustus brought a harbour to the city. Besides, Strabo named the...

The tower - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The tower - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The vestige of a fortress The tour Blanche is the name of Issoudun’s big keep, who was part of a big fortified castle, in the past. The tradition says that Richard Lionheart raised it in the 12th...

The gate - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The gate - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The Cordeliers gate (the name refers to a former convent founded in the 13th century) used to protect this side of Loches city, towards Beaulieu-lès-Loches. It dates back to 1497, it’s the most...

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In the Middle Ages, it was the only gate in Loches which led to the castle. And protected it… Joan of Arc arrived by this gate, when she came to talk to the dauphin, to convince him of his crowning...


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