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The fortress of Saint-Tropez and Maritime Museum: photo, description Citadelle de Saint-Tropez)

The fortress of Saint-Tropez was built at the behest of the king and against the wishes of local residents. The construction of the citadel, for them, meant not so much protection against attacks on the city from the sea, but the assertion of Royal authority over them. However, the fortress, despite the protests, was built atop one of the hills on the Cote d'azur near Saint-Tropez. If a few centuries ago with the towers of the fortress, they could see the whole neighborhood, and the approach of the enemy could be seen very quickly, today the wall of the castle is perfect to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and Bay.

After completion of construction, the fortress has become one of the largest fortification structure on the coast. However, the reason to test his strength were given infrequently, and the fortress in the XIX century began to use it for other purposes - has placed in her shopping and city market. At the end of the Second world war, the fortress was a prison for German prisoners of war, and in 1958 there was opened a Maritime Museum.

This Museum presents the history of the town of Saint-Tropez, since its inception in ancient times. City life has always been tied to the sea, to the beginning of the XX century Saint-Tropez was one of the most important sea ports of France. In the Museum halls you can see the layouts of the ships and uniforms of the sailors, the reconstruction of battles, navigational instruments, maps and other exhibits. One of the sailors, whose biography is presented in the Museum of Admiral Pierre-andré de Suffren, won a lot of victories in naval battles. Monument de Suffren installed in the old port of Saint-Tropez.

In summer the fortress is the venue for classical music concerts and jazz festivals. The fortress is also a gorgeous chestnut garden, which is a favorite place for walking residents and guests of the city.

At the end of the last century, this attraction was awarded the status of historical monument.