Mont-Dauphin, Hautes-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

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Mont-Dauphin is a fortress designed by the famous french military architect Vauban. The fortified village is in the Hautes-Alpes department of France (in the Provence region), sitting on a cliff above the Durance river and the river Guil.

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Mont Dauphin was built in the late 17th century, early 18th to protect France on its Italian border. Vauban, Frances famous military architect, chose the Plateau des Mille Vents to build Mont Dauphin which is a fortified site designed for a civilian population but with a military garrison as well.

In 1713 the Italian border moved further from the sight and so the early development was not increased with time, nor was it invaded.

Mont Dauphin is now a listed historic monument and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Vauban designed fortifications of France.

Mont Dauphin ArsenalMont-Dauphin est entré par le bâtiment principal, le pavillon des officiers qui abritait les officiers.

Mont Dauphin is entered through the main building, the officers pavillion which housed he officers.

Also on the sight is the imposing arsenal. This originally had two wings but one of these was destroyed by an Italian bombing raid in 1940.

Around the edge of the village are various barracks, one of which is now home to the town hall and various craft workshops. The village church commissioned by Vauban remains unfinished as the population of Mont-Dauphin remained small.

Surrounding the buildings are the fortifications with triangular and half-moon shaped bastions and walls protected by mounds of earth. Walking around the edges of these the views are stupendous - looking out as they do over the crossroads of two valleys. Even if you are not an enthusiast of military architecture it is worth visiting Mont-Dauphin for the views.

Attractions nearby

Embrun is nearby on the eastern end of the popular leisure lake of Lac de Serre-Poncon, and conveniently placed for excursions into the mountains.

Briancon is not far away and is home to another of Vauban's forts.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Hautes-Alpes guide and the Provence guide.

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Address: Mont-Dauphin, Guillestre, Briançon, Provence, 5600, France || GPS: latitude 44.67, longitude 6.6244

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