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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Seaside Strongholds in Charente Maritime

The fort was built at the end of the XVIIIth century in order to ensure the protection of the mouth of the Charente, as well as the Royal Fountain. This fountain was erected in 1671 to supply the King’s ships in potable water from a source underneath the river. With those of Brest and Belle-Ile, the Fontaine Lupin remains one of the last three ships watering places of France. The ships built in the Rochefort arsenal all stopped here. The frigate L’Hermione, on which LaFayette set sail to America to help the Insurgents, was also fed here. The fort was built from 1683 to 1686 by the great engineer Vauban (1633-1707)and was listed in 1950. By Francoise Hagnere


Bob Johnson said...

What a cool looking fort, love forts and castles.

Rhett said...

I want my next house to be one of those old school forts or castles. That would be really cool, though the power bill probably would not be cool and I imagine it would cost a lot to clean the mot. Not that the mot is not worth it when the neighbors come to get sugar!
Rhett out.

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