|UNESCO #1283 - Neuf-Brisach, Alsace - FRANCE|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Neuf-Brisach (Fortification of Vauban), Alsace - FRANCE - UNESCO #1283
The well known stared fortresses made by Vauban exist across all Western Europe. A aerial view like in this postcard shows us the cleverness of their construction and the beauty of it as well (beauty wasn't the main purpose I suppose, but thinking again, the French like to do everything with style). The city of Neuf-Brisach (New Brisach) was destroyed in World War II and the interior fully rebuilt in a modern style, but the walls are well preserved and deserve a visit. This is a UNESCO site I don't know if I ever complete (12 fortifications is a lot) but I'll cross it from the list right now - it's my 108th, just 873 to finish.
Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. Neuf-Brisach is a city created from 1698 to 1703 in the plain of Alsace after the loss of Breisach - current Breisach am Rhein - following the Treaty of Ryswick (1697).