St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) Tours and Activities
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Though Saint-Tropez is famous for its glamour and glitz, the city also has a rich and eventful past. The St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) is a prime example, having been the town’s crown jewels since the 17th century, and one of the few monuments of its magnitude to still stand today on France’s southern coastline. In fact, the Saint-Tropez Citadel is one of the city’s most visited historical and cultural sites, both for its history and its panoramic views over the Bay. The Citadel was built between 1602 and 1608, based on the drawings of engineer Raymond de Bonnefons. The building, composed of a thick-walled hexagonal tower, a concealed interior courtyard, towers with cannon openings, and a bastioned outer wall, was used to defend the strategic port of St-Tropez, the most important strongholds between Antibes and Toulon for centuries. Its location on a hill with slopes bare of vegetation helped the military spot and bomb all vessels that came too close to the walls of the city.
The town bought the St-Tropez Citadel in 1993 and was subsequently restored to its former glory. The dungeon now serves as a maritime museum. Guided visits are available at 11 am and 3:30 pm upon request. English tours are by appointment only.
Address: 1 Montée de la Citadelle, Saint-Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 83990, France
Hours: Oct 1 - Mar 31 (10 am – 5:30) Apr 1 - Sept 30 (10 am – 6:30) Closed Jan 1, May 1, May 17, Nov 11, and Christmas Day
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What are St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) hours of operation?
St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) hours of operation: Oct 1 - Mar 31 (10 am – 5:30) Apr 1 - Sept 30 (10 am – 6:30) Closed Jan 1, May 1, May 17, Nov 11, and Christmas Day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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