At the confluence of the Tęt and Cady rivers, Villefranche-de-Conflent bars the road down the valley from Mont-Louis and Spain. The town is dominated by the mountainsides around it, which provide many ideal locations for enemy batteries to hammer the walls.

Villefranche-de-Conflent seen from the south. Fort Liberia lies above the town towards the top of the picture.

This weakness is partly alleviated by the presence of Fort Liberia, a small fort on the mountainside above the town to the north. The situation of Villefranche required a unique solution to many of the problems that were presented there, and Vauban'formed many novel ideas to overcome these problems.
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Villefranche-de-Conflent seen from the east. Villefranche-de-Conflent seen from the west.
Detail of the eastern gate. Villefranche from the west.
View from the west. View from the south.
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