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Bastioned fortification resource

Hello and welcome to Fortified Places. The aim of this site is to provide information on bastioned fortifications, primarily the work of Vauban and his contemporaries. See The Project for more details.

Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions: dominicgoode@hotmail.com.

Latest News:

  • 13/10/2013: Article on James Fort, Kinsale, Ireland, added to the fortresses section.

  • 24/09/2013: To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht, fortified-places.com presents a full 3D model of the fortress of Dunkirk, which was demolished as a result of the treaty. The 3D model recreates the fortifications of the town, the citadel and the coastal forts as they stood in the early 18th century.

  • 24/08/2013: Thanks to Marcello for his article on the citadel of Parma

  • 07/05/2013: Article on the military engineer Johann Pleitner, by Jerzy Czajewski.

  • 27/02/2013: Article on the Fort de Mardyck uploaded, again using 3D models.

  • 11/02/2013: New article on the demolished fortress of Mariembourg, using a 3D model to show how it would have looked in the 16th century.

  • 05/01/2013: Article on Ceuta uploaded.

  • 15/11/2012: Article on Forte São João da Barra uploaded.

  • 03/11/2012: Thanks to Marcello for his article on Alessandria, the first Italian fortified place to feature on the website!

  • 05/09/2012: Article on Gibraltar uploaded.

  • 15/08/2012: New article on Castro Marim, the first fortified place in Portugal to feature on this website.

  • 28/07/2012: Article on Cadiz uploaded.

  • 08/07/2012: Article on Duncannon Fort added to the fortresses section.

  • 29/05/2012: Article on Mont Louis updated with new images and expanded text.

  • 26/05/2012: Article on St Malo expanded with sub-pages on each of the island forts and the town itself.

  • 12/05/2012: At Dunkirk on the north coast of France Vauban built six forts in the sea to defend the harbour and the town from a naval attack. These forts were all demolished in 1713, but I have produced 3D models of them, so it is now possible to visualise these amazing feats of military engineering. Click here for the full article

  • 10/2/2012: La France en Relief - an exhibition in Paris until 17th February with a number of relief maps that are not normally on public display. There is a good website on the exhibition here: lafranceenrelief.maison-histoire.fr Unfortunately I am not able to go there, but if you do make it, please send me your photos!

  • 10/2/2012: Article on Tournai uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 17/9/2011: Article on Charles Fort, Kinsale uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 18/7/2011: Article on Leith by David Flintham uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 5/7/2011: Article on Edinburgh by David Flintham uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 28/5/2011: Article on the unusual infantry fortress of Schloss Rheydt uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 21/3/2011: Article on Nicosia (Cyprus), by Dragos Cosmescu, uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 3/1/2011: Happy New Year! Thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Belle Ile.

  • 23/12/10: Article on the Kudak Fortress, Ukraine by Jerzy Czajewski uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 15/10/10: Article on Cornouaille and Mengant batteries by Jeroen van der Werf uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 2/10/10: Thanks to Greg Ashley for his article on Brimstone Hill Fortress.

  • 28/8/10: Apologies for the disruption to the website over the last few days, which was due to a mix-up of IP addresses. Thanks to Jerzy Czajewski for his article on Smolensk citadel.

  • 12/6/10: Article on the Spanish fortress of Hondarribia uploaded.

  • 25/5/10: An article on another alpine fort, Fort Barraux, by Jeroen van der Werf, has been uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 18/5/10: Thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Château Queyras, which has been added to the fortresses section.

  • 7/4/10: Article on Kaiserswerth added to the fortresses section.

  • 3/4/10: Thanks to David Flintham for submitting his article on Boulogne, which has been added to the fortresses section.

  • 14/3/10: Article by Jeroen van der Werf on Sisteron uploaded.

  • 11/3/10: Thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Fort Saint Vincent in the Alps, which has been added to the fortresses section.

  • 4/3/10: Article on the relief maps on the facade of the Santa Maria del Giglio church, Venice by Stephen Wass uploaded.

  • 22/2/10: Article on Roses (the first Spanish fortress on the website) added to the fortresses section.

  • 18/2/10: Article by Stephen Wass: Koroni, uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 17/2/10: Another article by Stephen Wass, on Pylos in Greece, uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 18/1/10: Thanks again to Stephen Wass, for his article on Heraklion (Candia) in Crete

  • 6/1/10: Stephen Wass has written another article for the site, this time on Rethymno (Crete).

  • 6/1/10: Article on Nafplion (Greece) by Stephen Wass uploaded.

  • 3/1/10: Happy New Year!
    Article on D�sseldorf uploaded.

  • 23/12/09: Article on Orsoy uploaded.

  • 22/12/09: Meneham guardhouse added to the Brittany Coastal Defences page. Thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for pictures and info.

  • 18/12/09: Thanks to Stephen Wass for his article on the Venetian fortress of Methoni in Greece.

  • 17/12/09: Article on Villefranche-sur-Mer by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 20/11/09: Article on Fort Mont Alban by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 28/9/09: Article on Bois-le-Duc ('s-Hertogenbosch) added to the fortresses section.

  • 17/9/09: Article on Charleroi uploaded.

  • 14/9/09: Article on the lighthouse at Ouessant by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 13/9/09: Article on Brest by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 12/9/09: Article on Wesel uploaded. Many thanks to John Cartwright for his article on Fort George, which has also been uploaded.

  • 1/9/09: An interesting blog entry on bastioned fortresses in Romania, a country that was once the borderland between Russia, Austria and the Ottoman Empire. This link will open in a new window: viapontica.wordpress.com

  • 2/8/09: Article on Avesnes-sur-Helpe uploaded.

  • 12/7/09: Article on Fort Lagarde, Prats de Mollo by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 6/6/09: Article on J�lich added to the fortresses section.

    Thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Doullens, which has also been uploaded.

  • 2/5/09: Article on the Blackness fort, Cap Gris-Nez added to the fortresses section.

    Calais article revamped and updated, including details of the wooden sea forts.

  • 22/3/09: Article on Limbourg added to the fortresses section.

  • 22/2/09: Article on the Brittany coastal defences added to the fortresses section.

  • 20/2/09: Article on Watten added to the fortresses section.

  • 9/2/09: Article on Montreuil-sur-Mer added to the fortresses section.

  • 29/1/09: Article on Ambleteuse by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 31/12/08: Articles on Fort James and Fort Bullen, the Gambia added to the fortresses section.

  • 30/11/08: Article on the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town by David Flintham uploaded. The second non-European fortress to be included on this website!

  • 29/11/08: Thanks again to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Fort de Bertheaume.

  • 16/11/08: Article on the fortifications on the Ile aux Moines by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 9/11/08: A long time coming but here it is.. The fortress of Luxembourg, Gibraltar of the North.

  • 8/10/08: Added the Pré Carré'town of Condé sur l'Escaut to the fortresses section.

  • 2/10/08: Article on Li�ge added to the fortresses section.

  • 3/9/08: Article on Portland & Sandsfoot Castles added to the fortresses section.

  • 20/8/08: Siege of Gravelines, 1644 added to the sieges section.

  • 18/8/08: David Flintham has written an article on the Civil War fortifications of London, which can be found in the fortresses section.

  • 31/7/08: Many thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article and pictures on the Fort de Salses.

  • 18/7/08: Harwich added to the fortresses section.

  • 16/7/08: Page on Landguard Fort uploaded.

  • 11/7/08: The Earith Bulwark, an earthwork fort built in the English Civil War, added to the fortresses section.

  • 5/7/08: Jeroen van der Werf's article on Camaret added to the fortresses section.

  • 25/6/08: Article on Saint Malo by Jeroen van der Werf uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 21/6/08: Article on Southsea Castle, one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, added to the fortresses section.

  • 22/4/08: Article on Fort la Latte by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 7/4/08: Article on Ile C�zon by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 4/4/08: Article on the Battle of La Hougue added to the sieges section - I know it wasn't a siege but it is an action that involved a fortified place, so it fits on this site.

  • 1/4/08: Article on Gosport added to the fortresses section.

  • 28/3/08: I have made a number of corrections to the article on Besan�on, since it came to my attention that some of the assertions I had made about the citadel were incorrect. Please accept my apologies.

  • 27/3/08: Article on the Ch�teau du Taureau by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 26/3/08: Article on the tower at Ile des Hebihens by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 23/3/08: Article on Ile d'Aix by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 19/3/08: Article on Portsmouth added to the fortresses section - sorry this has taken a while, I've been rather busy lately.

  • 8/1/08: Article on Fort de la Pr�e by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 5/1/08: Article on Carisbrooke Castle added to the fortresses section.
    I apologise for the lack of updates recently, I have had not access to my webspace for a while, but hopefully there will be some more updates soon. Watch this space.

  • 11/8/07: Retranchement added to the fortresses section.

  • 3/8/07: Page on the fortress of Sluis uploaded.

  • 1/8/07: Damme added to the fortresses section.

  • 30/7/07: Jeroen van der Werf's article on Fouras added to the fortresses section.

  • 29/7/07: The Fort van Beieren added to the fortresses section.

  • 28/7/07: Articles on Courtrai and Bruges added to the fortresses section.

  • 27/7/07: Articles on Fort Médoc and Fort Paté by Jeroen van der Werf added to the fortresses section.

  • 20/7/07: Siege of Tournai, 1709 added to the sieges page.

  • 7/7/07: Article on the Sheerness added to the fortresses section.

  • 4/7/07: Article on the Sieges of Le Quesnoy, 1712 uploaded to the sieges page.

  • 27/06/07: Thanks to Marcus Prauschke, who has written an article on the fascinating fortress of Mont Royal in Germany.

  • 19/06/07: Found a number of interesting short videos on some of Vauban's work from the French TV channel TF1 (in French). They are associated with the campaign to get some of Vauban's fortresses on the UNESCO world heritage list. Click on the links below to see the videos - they will open in a new window.

  • 18/06/07: New pictures added to the page on Rocroi.

  • 16/06/07: New pictures added to the page on Montmédy.

  • 15/06/07: I've uploaded another article by Jeroen van der Werf - the fortress of Longwy in Lorraine.

  • 05/06/07: Many thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article on Bitche, which is added to the fortresses section.

  • 18/05/07: There's not much happening here at the moment, but watch this space - I shall hopefully be visiting some interesting places this summer! In the meantime here's a link to an excellent site with a virtual relief map of the fortifications of Brest, in Brittany: Brest3d.fr.

    Below are some shots of a section of the physical relief map of Brest, which has yet to be fully restored, at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris:

  • 23/04/07: Many thanks for Jeroen van der Werf's article on Willemstad.

  • 13/04/07: Jeroen van der Werf has written another article for the site, this time on the Dutch fortified town of Brielle.

  • 11/04/07: Article on Verdun added to the fortresses section.

  • 17/03/07: Many thanks to Jeroen van der Werf for his article and pictures on the fortress of Naarden in the Netherlands.

  • 28/02/07: I recently spent a weekend in Berlin and had the chance to visit the citadel at Spandau - here's an article on it.

  • 10/02/07: Jeroen van der Werf has kindly written an article on the Ile de Tatihou for the site.

  • 19/01/07: Article on the siege of Ypres, 1678 added to the sieges pages.

  • 16/01/07: Many thanks to Marcelo Caceres for the second installment in his article on Cartagena, the San Jose Battery.

  • 27/12/06: Merry Christmas! Article on Camber Castle added to the fortresses section.

  • 22/9/06: Article on Tilbury Fort added to the fortresses section.

  • 15/9/06: Article on the siege of Arras, 1640 added to the sieges section.

  • 10/9/06: I am pleased to announce that the guestbook is now working again.

  • 2/9/06: Article on the siege of Maastricht, 1632 added to the sieges section.

  • 31/8/06: Article on Gravelines added to the relief maps section.

  • 30/8/06: Article on Bouchain added to the relief maps section.

  • 29/8/06: Article on the siege of Namur, 1695 added to the sieges page.

  • 25/8/06: Article on the siege of Charleroi, 1693 added to the sieges page.

  • 24/8/06: Article on Arras added to the fortresses section.

  • 23/8/06: Article on Douai added to the fortresses section and the siege of Maastricht, 1673 added to the sieges page.

  • 22/8/06: Article on Valenciennes uploaded to the fortresses section.

  • 21/8/06: Ypres added to the fortresses section.

  • 20/8/06: Article on the Siege of Saint Omer, 1677 added to the sieges page.

  • 19/8/06: Many thanks to Marcelo Caceres for his article on Cartagena - the first non-European fortress to be featured on this site!

  • 2/7/06: Article on Upnor Castle added to the fortresses section.

  • 29/6/06: Article on Suomenlinna added to the fortresses section. Its quite big, so it may take a while to load if you're using a dial-up connection.

  • 27/6/06: Article on H�meenlinna added to the fortresses section.

  • 26/6/06: I have just returned from a short trip to Finland - keep watching for updates. Article on Kajaani Castle added to the fortresses page.

  • 2/6/06: Article on Bergues added to the relief maps section.

  • 21/5/06: Article on Lille added to the relief maps page.

  • 5/5/06: Article on Chatham added to the fortresses section.

  • 22/4/06: Article on Calais added to the relief maps section.

  • 21/4/06: Apologies for my recent silence, hopefully lots more updates coming soon... Article on Namur added to the relief maps section.

  • 15/2/06: Article on Ypres added to the relief maps section.

  • 13/2/06: Birth of the French version of the site - this will be an ongoing process, as a large number of articles must be translated. Any help will be much-appreciated.

  • 12/2/06: Article on Ath added to the relief maps section.

  • 10/2/06: Article on Menin added to the relief maps section.

  • 9/2/06: Article on Audenarde added to the relief maps section.

  • 7/2/06: Page on siege warfare added to the sieges section. Article on Tournai added to the relief maps section.

  • 6/2/06: Page on Lille updated with new pictures and information. Article on Avesnes added to the relief maps section.

  • 5/2/06: Articles on Aire-sur-la-Lys and Charleroi added to the relief maps section.

  • 4/2/06: I recently visited the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille, so keep checking the relief maps section. Article on Maastricht added to the relief maps section.

  • 27/1/06: Article on Saint-Martin-de-Ré added to the relief maps section.

  • 20/1/06: Article on Fort la Prée added to the relief maps section.

  • 16/1/06: Many thanks to Chauf for this link to an interesting page about the construction of a relief map of Venlo, in the Netherlands...

  • 9/1/06: Article on Cockham Wood Fort added to the fortresses section.

  • 8/1/06: La Conchée and Fort Chavagnac added to the relief maps section.

  • 7/1/06: I revisited the Musée des plans reliefs recently. Many new pictures added in the relief maps section, articles on Belle Ile and Mont-St-Michel added.

  • 3/1/06: Article on Calais added to the fortresses section.

  • 1/1/06: Happy New Year! Article on Saint-Omer added to the fortresses section, which has been revamped.