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La Citadelle Vauban – French Story + Translation

By Michel - updated on Jul 16, 2020
michel belle ile

Let’s practice our French with this story written in easy French and translated into English about the Vauban Citadelle in Belle-Ile-en-mer, Brittany, France.

La Citadelle Vauban of Belle-Ile-en-mer

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Construite principalement au 17ème siècle, sous le règne de Louis XIV, c’est un ensemble impressionnant de bâtiments qui furent utilisés, à travers l’Histoire, afin de protéger l’île contre les envahisseurs (les Anglais attaquèrent l’île et en furent même propriétaires un moment) mais aussi afin d’enfermer les prisonniers politiques.

 Mainly built in the 17th Century, under Louis XIV reign, it is an impressive lot of buildings, which was used, through History, to protect the island against invaders (English attacked the island several times and once owned it), but also to jail political prisoners.

De nos jours, merveilleusement restauré, le site mérite la visite, la vue sur Le Palais et sur la côte est spectaculaire. On trouve dans la Citadelle un musée sur l’histoire de l’île et un hôtel très particulier. On peut visiter la plupart des bâtiments de la Citadelle et son jardin.

 Nowadays, greatly restored, it is worth a visit, the view on Le Palais and the Coast is spectacular. In la Citadelle, there is a Museum (about the island’s History) and a very peculiar Hotel. One can visit most of the Fortress buildings and its garden.

Même si je me suis concentré sur ces quatre endroits les plus connus de l’île:

  1. Le village de Sauzon
  2. La Pointe des Poulains
  3. Les Aiguilles de Port-Coton
  4. La Citadelle Vauban

qui allient Nature et Histoire, cela n’est qu’une petite partie de ce que vous pouvez  découvrir sur cette île qui se glorifie de posséder plus de cent plages !! Cela pourrait être le sujet de notre prochaine article !

Even if I focused on these four most famous places on the island, which blend Nature and History, this is only a small part of what you can discover on the island, which boasts more than 100 beaches!! That could be the topics for our next post!

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