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  La Citadelle
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  • La Citadelle - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
      La Citadelle
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  • The Citadelle from the defensive area below - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
      The Citadelle from the defensive area below
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  • The back of the Citadelle, now a school - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
      The back of the Citadelle, now a school
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  • A munitions depot - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
      A munitions depot
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  • La Porte du Roy - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
      La Porte du Roy
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The Citadelle of Donebane Garazi was designed by Vauban, who is responsible for a number of Citadelles all throughout France - including the one in neighbouring Bayonne. This Citadelle was erected in the mid-17th century, although there were some additional improvements to the structure in the 18th century too. It is a massive structure that not only overlooks the town but essentially all of the valleys and passes around the town too. Unfortunately, you cannot enter the Citadelle itself today, as it merely houses a school for children and thus tourists are not really welcome. You can, however, explore the moat and defensive structures around the Citadelle, and you can walk up to the various munitions depots and the like. Even better than the Citadelle are the views from the Citadelle - after all, the military planners were supposed to be able to keep watch on the entire valley.

Address: Rue de la Citadelle
Directions: At the highest point inside the ramparts - hard to miss

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  • Written Jan 2, 2009
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