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Fortifications of Vauban
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 15-16 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 2008
Location: Europe, France, western, northern and eastern borders
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Description: In locations along the western, northern and eastern borders of France, the fortifications of Vauban incorporate 13 groups of fortified buildings and sites. They portray some of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban’s (1633-1707, a military engineer of King Louis XIV) finest work. The serialized site consists of towns than Vauban built from scratch: with citadels built on plains, urban bastion walls, bastion towers and a residence. Furthermore there are mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain array and two mountain communication structures. The site was inscribed as testifying to the peak of classic fortifications, characteristic of western military architecture. Vauban’s influence in the history of fortification reached not only other parts of Europe but also the American continent, Russia and East Asia. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They were designed by Vauban (1633–1707), and were added in 2008 to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Numerous other places were fortified by Vauban. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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