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Review of Citadelle de Blaye

Citadelle de Blaye
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Blaye
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We visited this as an excursion on a river cruise, with a guide. The guide was very helpful (they usually are and can bring a place to life). It is a large place, and in good condition. The defense system they had was good - gates, then a dry moat, then huge walls, with cannons pointing to where intrudes would try to enter. So effective that it was never overtaken. On the other hand, it wasn't that hard to siege, and the English merely waited them out til supplies ran out. One word of caution if you have kids, the walls to the moat are tall and straight down, and there are no railings or warnings. It would be easy to fall over and down 40 feet. The lack of railings adds to the authentic feel, but in the US there would probably be an OSHA issue!

Thank Alan C
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BlayeTourisme, Responsable relations clients at Citadelle de Blaye, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Dear Alan,
thank you for taking time to give us your opinion about Blaye citadel.
We are pleased for your enthusiasm.
Kind regards
Géraldine
Blaye Tourism Office

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"gironde estuary"
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"old fortress"
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"within the walls"
in 5 reviews
"a unesco world heritage site"
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"various parts"
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"free entry"
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"impressive structure"
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"tourist information"
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"river cruise"
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"walk around"
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"guided tour"
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"dry moat"
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"well worth the visit"
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"vintage clothing"
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"massive walls"
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"craft shops"
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"military history"
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Marvelous and largely intact historic fortification. A must to see. Moderate walking go through all major gates for pictures.

Loved it

Thank Jonmun
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BlayeTourisme, Responsable relations clients at Citadelle de Blaye, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Dear Jonmun,
thank you for taking time to give us your opinion about Blaye citadel.
We are pleased for your enthusiasm.
Kind regards
Géraldine
Blaye Tourism Office

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

walkung thru this magnificent fortress designed by vauban..& its quaint medieval village surrounds within is magical..watching the hues of the leaves change...the estuary the iles scattered on the horizon....an experience...the solitude ...the wind rustling the leaves ...a refrain from the past...even the bustle of town below lends to the medieval magic.

Thank eleni v
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BlayeTourisme, Responsable relations clients at Citadelle de Blaye, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear Eleni V,
thank you for sharing with us your experience.
We hope to see you soon.
Kind regards
Géraldine
Blaye Tourism Office

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

This is attraction is free to enter and stands impressive by the river. The citadel shows excellent fortifications and the inner city has various parts to it. Some of the old building are now gift/craft shops and eateries and there is a hotel/restaurant within the walls. There is also a motor home/caravan park on the inside and outside the grounds. It covers quite an area so be prepared for some walk over uneven ground. We had a guide who told us the history of the citadel and its occupants over the years.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

A bit of history, great views of the Gironde but also restaurants, shops and a hotel. It's a big area, plenty of space to stretch little legs.

Thank MartinNaylor
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