Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Fort du Mont Alban – one of the rare examples of military architecture from the mid-sixteenth century, in good condition

The fort of Mont Alban is a military fortification. Built between 1557 and 1560, located on the eponymous hill, between Nice and the bay of Villefranche. In France, it is one of the rare examples of military architecture from the mid-sixteenth century, in good condition.

The siege of Nice in 1543 caused much destruction in the city’s defensive system. According …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Sanauja castle acquired an important strategic place in the defensive line passing along the Llobregos valley

Sanauja (cat. Sanaüja) was conquered by the Muslims on behalf of the Earl of Urgell in 951. In 1001, the castle was mentioned in the bill of Pope Sylvestre II (cat. Silvestre II) about the transfer of the fortress (“castrum quoque Sanaugia cum finibus suis” – “Sanaugia castle with its lands”) to Bishop Urgell. The …

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Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Abandoned places of the world: The Torre Blanca fortifications of Castellciutat in La Seu D’Urgell

Abandoned places of the world: The Torre Blanca fortifications of Castellciutat in La Seu D’Urgell

The Torre Blanca, or White Tower, was one of the advanced fortifications for the Castle of Castellciutat. This fortification protected the defensive complex from the southern flank.

Originally its defenses seem to have been limited to an artillery tower surrounded …

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