Fort d'Ambleteuse - Ambleteuse, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 50° 48.317 E 001° 36.034
31U E 401393 N 5629105
Quick Description: [EN] The majestic fort built in the seventeenth century by Vauban under the orders of Louis XIV, still watches over the beach Ambleteuse. [FR] Le majestueux fort construit au XVIIe siècle par Vauban sous les ordres de Louis XIV, veille encore sur la plage d'Ambleteuse.
Location: Hauts-de-France, France
Date Posted: 5/29/2018 1:12:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMYCG2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Where's George
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Long Description:

"Fort Ambleteuse was built at the end of the 17th century, at the mouth of the Slack, in 1680. It is a construction of Vauban, the fort is sometimes surrounded by the sea at high tide. and accessible on foot at low tide.

This is the only coastal fort that has been preserved, thanks to the restorations promoted by Dr. Jacques Méreau and the geologist Destombes who created for this purpose, with a team of volunteers, in 1967 the "Association des amis du fort d 'Ambleteuse' who bought it for the symbolic franc.

Only strong at sea still standing from Cherbourg to the Belgian border, it is also a very rare example of historical monument of this importance, property of an association which assumes only the operation and the expenses.

Since it has been restored, arranged and opened to the public. The restorations were carried out in three major projects: the rampart taken over by the State; ancillary buildings restored with the help of the State, the General Council of Pas-de-Calais, Crédit Agricole, the commune and the owner association; in 2010, a series of projects on all the buildings including the large roof, undertaken with the participation of the State, and the aid of Crédit Agricole and the Heritage Foundation.

The fort was classified as a historic monument on October 19, 19651. The decree specifies: Fort Ambleteuse also sometimes called Fort Mahon. Hence the erroneous name that circulates from time to time. The owner association sticks to the official name of Ambleteuse fort. "

Sources : The Fort

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"Le fort d'Ambleteuse a été construit à la fin du XVIIe siècle, en 1680, à l'embouchure de la Slack. Il s’agit d’une construction de Vauban. Le fort est parfois cerné par la mer à grande marée haute et accessible à pied à marée basse.

C’est le seul fort du littoral qui ait été préservé, grâce aux restaurations promues par le docteur Jacques Méreau et le géologue Destombes qui ont créé à cet effet, avec une équipe de bénévoles, en 1967 l’« Association des amis du fort d'Ambleteuse » qui l'a acheté pour le franc symbolique.

Seul fort en mer encore debout de Cherbourg à la frontière belge, c'est aussi un très rare exemple de monument historique de cette importance, propriété d'une association qui assume seule le fonctionnement et les charges.

Depuis il a été restauré, aménagé et ouvert au public. Les restaurations ont été menées en trois grands chantiers: le rempart pris en charge par l’État ; les bâtiments annexes restaurés avec l'aide de l’État, du Conseil général du Pas-de-Calais, du Crédit agricole, de la commune et de l'association propriétaire; en 2010, une série de chantiers sur l'ensemble des bâtiments dont la grande toiture, entrepris avec la participation de l’État, et les aides du Crédit agricole et de la Fondation du patrimoine.

Le fort a été classé monument historique le 19 octobre 19651. L'arrêté précise : fort d'Ambleteuse aussi appelé parfois fort Mahon. De là vient l'appellation erronée qui circule de temps en temps. L'association propriétaire s'en tient au nom officiel de fort d'Ambleteuse."

Sources : Le Fort

The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

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Hours of Operation:
Open from Easter to All Saints: Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm Open July and August; Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm


Admission Prices:
Adults: € 3, Children from 6 to 12 years: € 1.50, under 6 years old: free


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Not listed

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