Fort Saint Elme
is a Fort built between 1538 and 1552. Its star architecture, its loopholes, its stunners and other traps make it an impregnable fortress. A 360 ° panorama
, from where one dominates the sea, the mountain and the plain, make it an exceptional place to walk. It is today open to the public and offers various cultural events. A historical museum traces the heroic past of this region of the Pyrenees on the Côte Vermeille.
Join the Museum of Modern Art, leave the building on your left, cross the Pams Park to "La Gloriette" (square construction), former smoker of Senator Pams, then join the Moulin de la Cortine, oil mill whose production is sold on site. Take the path behind the mill to continue to Fort Saint-Elme. A visit is necessary ... From there, possibility of joining the Hermitage of Consolation or Port Vendres.
A little history ...
In the fourteenth century, was in place of the current fort, a round watchtower under the name of the Guardia.The following century has its name changed in honor of the Saint Elme, patron of navigators. Charles V, in the sixteenth century, will build a first part of the fortification of the building. The following century, Vauban, the military architect of Louis XIV, reworks the fortification of the fort. The building was put on sale in 1913.
Opening time :
Free guided tours (11h, 12h, 15h, 16h, 17h, 18h) all day
Under 6 years: Free
Individual handicapped: Free
6-18 years old: 3 € / 4 € *
Students, RSA, unemployed: 3 €
Heritage Pass: 5 €
Adults: 7 € Groups:
Disabled group (from 10 people): 5 € / pers
Children and School 1 / 2day: 5 € / child
Day: 7 € / child
Adults (from 10 people): 6 € / pers
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