Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cite d'Alet, France - June 7, 2008

The campsite chosen for our visit to St Malo sits on a small promontory above Saint Servan Sur Mer where the Cite d'Alet once was. Standing at the gateway to the river Rance, this area was in use in pre-Roman times as a critical part of the area defense. A bracing walk around the Promenade de la Corniche provides good views of the fortified town and of the Gulf of Saint-Malo. At the highest point of town, close to the campsite, are the remains of the Cathedral of St-Pierre dating from somewhere around 900 CE. The high ground here was used by the Germans, during WWII, as a gun emplacement, the remains of which are now a war memorial. Created in 1994 by the town of Saint-Malo, the 39/45 Memorial, among other features, has a restored anti-aircraft bunker, built into the ancient fort of the Alet city, with 3 levels and 10 rooms equipped as it would have been during hostilities. Down in the area of Saint Père cove, stands the stalwart Tour Solidor, a fortified building built between 1369 and 1382. Pictures here.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Am enjoying the tour around Europe and besides the price is right.