Citadel at Port Louis!

This is another wonderful spot of my beautiful Morbihan, not far from home and we love it. I  will talk a bit about Port Louis. This is easily reach from my house on road D781 coming from Etel or on the national road N165 direction Hennebont, then Port Louis. You can come by train to the station in Lorient then bus to Port Louis, TGV service from Paris Montparnasse. You can make by boat from Lorient, public transport  of Lorient is at webpage  http://www.ctrl.fr/  and by air to Lorient airport from Paris and Lyon, on Air France, etc ,webpage at http://www.lorient.aeroport.fr/

The parking is easy at the entrance to the Grande Rue or by the Pointe harbor area. There is also plenty of parking by the Citadel.

The Citadel is a marvel of Vauban fortifications, and the guard fortress to the city, famous for its trade with the Indies in America. The first company of trade was done here, and the museum inside the Citadel today tells you of this wonderful period. The  Citadelle de Port-Louis was built in the 16C by the Spanish and modified in the 17C by the French.

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The Citadel is rebuilt between 1618 and 1621, when Louis XIII decided to give Port-Louis the status of royal city. The present appearance of the citadel dates from this period and despite appearances, Vauban  only did  the buildings built in the barnyard (arsenal and ball park) at a later date. The citadel will be used for the defense of the harbor, then it will be assigned to the surveillance of the maritime traffic. The last soldiers leave the premises in 2007.

port louis

port louis

port louis

port louis

Really ,the main urge to come here is the citadelle and its museum of the Indies. It is an impressive fortress and must visit if in the area.  The museum  of the Marine  is a wonderful recollection of the seafaring French/Breton and its seafaring skills. The site is  http://www.musee-marine.fr/musee-national-de-la-marine-port-louis

The other museum Inside that covers more of the compagnie des  indies épisodes to far régions such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas : https://musee.lorient.bzh/museum-english-version/

Move on to see the Grand Poudriére (built 1750-1752) or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See also, the fountain de Recollets.

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port louis

A bit of history of Port Louis I like

The city which was formerly called Blavet and its citadel are renamed Port Louis in 1618 on a the Royal decision. Port-Louis, or Porzh Loeiz in Breton, recalls the name of the Kings of France and thus marks their suzerainty on this port which was long a Spanish fortress. The city is occupied by the Spaniards from 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, in a first time his alliance with king Felipe II (Philip II) , having delivered them thereafter, Don Juan del Aguila defended it and built fortifications there. The name of the new stronghold is given to him as Fuerte del Aguila (Fort de L’Aigle or Fort of the Eagle). The Citadel was half dismantled at the beginning of the 17C, the Spaniards having evacuated the territory. The current name of Port-Louis, dating from 1618, is given in honor of King Louis XIII who wanted to make it a fortified city completed in 1642, the Citadel of Port-Louis is the key element of the defence of the harbour. Under the French revolution, the town provisionally carries the names of Port-de-l’Égalité and Port-Liberté.

Tourist office of BrittanyTourist office of Brittany on Port Louis in English

South Brittany Lorient tourist officeLorient South Brittany tourist office on Port Louis

City of Port Louis on heritage: City of Port Louis on heritage in French

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There you go another dandy for sure and a beautiful beach just behind the citadel to see in my other posts on Port Louis. Enjoy the Citadel! 

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And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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