Fort du Petit Bé
Location: Saint-Malo, in the Ille-et-Vilaine departement of France (Bretagne Region).
Built: 17th century.
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Notes: Fort du Petit Bé is located a few hundred meters from Saint-Malo ramparts and a few dozen meters from the Grand Be. The fort was built in the seventeenth century. He was part of a defensive belt designed by Vauban to protect the town of Saint-Malo attacks of English and Dutch enemy squadrons. This belt also included the National fort, Fort Harbour, Fort La Conchée, strong Cézembre and the tip of the Varde (the latter two works were destroyed) and the ramparts of the city itself. The fort was built by the St. Malo engineer Siméon Garangeau. It consists of an extensive platform, building on three levels and two bastions and could accommodate up to 160 soldiers to serve 19 guns and two mortars. Property of the French army until 1885, it is then decommissioned and restored the town of Saint-Malo. It is a listed building in 1921, but was abandoned until 2000, when the city signed a lease with an association for the renovation and opening to the public. Its restoration is almost complete (2012) and can be visited at low tide.
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