Town fortified by Vauban and listed as world heritage by UNESCO
Briançon, near the border of Italy, between the Hautes-Alpes and the Provence, is a fortified town that sets between the Alps. The strategic position of the town brought it historical importance. Since a long time, it was made to watch over several valleys. The town got is current aspect during the 17th and 18th centuries, when Vauban designs a number of fortifications. This fortified town was entirely preserved and is now listed as world heritage by UNESCO. The various forts built around Briançon offer a great example of defensive architecture. Behind the ramparts, you’ll find churches and fountains along the alleyways. You’ll be charmed by the famous ‘Gargouilles’ of the centre, streams that run through the fortified town, created to fight against the devastating fires.