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Salses Fort

Salses-le-Chateau, Occitanie, France

About Salses Fort

The Fort de Salses (also called Forteresse de Salses) is a Catalan fortress in the commune of Salses-le-Château, in the French département of Pyrénées-Orientales. Built by the Catalans at the end of the 15th century, the fortress guarded the former frontier between Spain and France.

Its layout and architecture, innovative for the time, present a rare example of the transition between medieval castle and the fortresses of the modern period.

The fort was captured by the French in 1642 and during the Spanish Civil War, the fort was used as a refuge.

Fort de Salses is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture, and is operated by the Centre des monuments nationaux. The fortress receives 100,000 visitors a year.