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  Tour de l'Ale
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Round watch tower called Tour de l'Ale is the last vestige of Lausanne medieval city walls. The tower was built in 1340. It reaches the height of 21 m and the walls are up to 1.75 m thick.

The first role of the tower was to defend the suburb of Ale, a district standing outside the city walls, which at the time extended out from the Saint-Laurent gate. It also served as a keep, a self-sufficient fortified refuge. Like other medieval fortifications, the tower fell into disuse in the 18th century. In 1890, after having served as a slaughterhouse for pigs, Tour de l'Ale was about to be demolished in accordance with the plans of local authorities. But the citizens of Lausanne started a struggle calling for the historical structure to be conserved. Their will finally prevailed – the tower was classified as a historical monument in 1900 and restored in 1903.

Just the exterior of the tower can be seen.

Directions: Tour de l'Ale is in Rue de la Tour, parallel to Rue de l'Ale, the extension of Rue Saint-Laurent.

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2008
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