A star of stone, between land and sea.

Unique by its size, a half-circle with a radius of 1,5 kilometer and over 14 linear kilometers of ramparts, the bastion of Saint-Martin-de-Ré was built in order to shelter the entire population of the island in the case of an enemy landing.

Erected between 1861 and 1865, it leans, north-east, on a hudge citadel, military city transformed into a prison in the XIXth century. This site, masterpiece of the military architecture of the XVIIth century and of Louis XIV’s most famous ingeneer’s creative genius, is today magnificently preserved with its glacis intact, untouched by later construction.

A site registered on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.


Since 2008, the fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré and of its 11 partners of the Network of Vauban’s Major Sites are registered on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The World Heritage committee, which mission is to introduce and protect the sites considered as exceptional and universal, has made of this cultural good the 32nd site of the World Heritage in France and the 878th in the world.

For more information about the Network of Vauban’s Major Sites: sites-vauban.org

1 : Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Education, la Science et la Culture (UNESCO)

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