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The Blaye Citadel

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

The Blaye Citadel - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde
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Designed in the 17th century by the famous military architect Vauban as a true walled city to protect Bordeaux from sea invasions, the imposing Blaye Citadel stands proudly on a rocky promontory majestically overlooking the Gironde estuary. A listed Historic Monument, this place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Major Vauban Sites! The ramparts, fortified gates, barracks, prison and gunpowder magazine are evidence of the defensive system that visitors can see on a tour. A trip to see the Blaye fortifications is also a chance to admire magnificent views of the largest estuary in Western Europe! And to learn more about the history and heritage of Blaye, you can choose between the Museum of Art and History of the Pays Blayais, with varied collections, a guided tour of the citadel and its underground passages, or a guided tour on the little tourist train.

To stock up on fresh produce, head to Blaye market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning on the Allées des Soupirs. A renowned theatre festival is held every year in late August-early September, at the heart of the Vauban citadel.

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The Blaye Citadel