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The fortress of Glass: photos, description Chateau de Fougeres)

Fougères is a town-fortress, built from the XI to the XV century, located in the Department of Ille-et-Vilaine. The city is situated on the river Nancon, which served as a natural border between France and Brittany. The fortress in the valley of the river was a major Outpost of the Britons who resisted the French invasion.

The fortress was several times destroyed and rebuilt, perhaps because of this it is quite well preserved to the present day. The last time the fortress was damaged during the uprising of the chouans in the late XVIII - early XIX century. A rebellion was raised by the traders and farmers, these events described in the novel honoré de Balzac's "the Chouans," which was finished in Fougères, when the writer lived there in 1829. In addition to Balzac, Fougeres also visited other famous writers such as Gustave Flaubert and Victor Hugo.

In the XIX century the fortress became the property of the municipality, has undergone restoration, but to fully restore did not.

Today the fortress of Fougères includes 13 towers, fortress walls, as well as complex and extensive system of ditches and canals, in which water is driven by a system of locks and dams. Unlike other FORTS, the fortress of Fougères was built not on top of a hill and at its foot, on a granite base. The streets ascend up the slopes of a hill, so there is quite a lot of stairs and steps. Despite the formidable appearance of a fortress, located in the heart of the city, this Glass is called Patriarchal and calm, and his types - romantic, with all the abundance of stone houses and cobbled paving stones. The fortress of Fougeres is also recognized as one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe.

Among the other attractions of the wine Glass can be called the two churches of Saint-Sulpice in the style of "flaming Gothic" (XIII-XVIII century) and Saint-léonard, built from the XII to the XVII century. Once the city was famous for its cobblers, whose mastery is now can be found in the Shoe Museum.