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Vauban Tower

Vauban Tower

A Unesco Global Heritage Site

The Tour Vauban was built to look out for enemy vessels in the Goulet de Brest and to stop any of them landing in the area around Camaret.

Tour Vauban à Camaret-sur-mer

Tour Vauban, beautifully designed, built and preserved, is the best example of a sea fort and battery of its kind and is among the Vauban fortifications listed as Unesco Global Heritage Sites. It is in Camaret-sur-Mer, in the Crozon Peninsula in Finistère.

Built to defend the waters around Brest, this square, 18-metre tower was built on a piece of land sticking out into the sea to lengthen the quays and protect the port. Nearby stands the chapel of Notre Dame de Rocamadour. The Tower is instantly recognisable thanks to its apricot-coloured stone, flanked by walls, a guard house, a cannon battery and a cannonball oven (one of the last remaining ovens of its kind), all of which is surrounded by a ditch.

The Tower was designed by Vauban in 1689 and construction was completed in 1696. This is the only site where Vauban himself was present during a battle (the battle of Trez-Rouz on the 18th June 1694, where the French troops overcame the English, two years before construction work was finished). This glorious victory also gained Camaret the title "Guardian of the Armoric Coast".

Go and see….

You can see this beautiful tower and a great many other landscapes and heritage sites from Finistère drawn by French illustrator Patrice Pellerin, famous for his comic-book series "L'Epervier" published by Dupuis.

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