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Le Fort Lapin

Not rated ,  Historic site and monument ,  Fortified structure in Sangatte

  • In 1690, this "redoubt" was erected, an outpost on the shore north of a larger citadel (Fort Nieulay), which also became part of the protection of Calais. These redoubts were simple square works covered in stone and mounted with 4 cannons and about ten men.

    In 1860, a redoubt surrounded by a moat was built at the level of the Fort Lapin battery. There was a guardhouse of about thirty men there. Fort Lapin was designed on a military battery model conceived under Louis Philippe in a context...
    In 1690, this "redoubt" was erected, an outpost on the shore north of a larger citadel (Fort Nieulay), which also became part of the protection of Calais. These redoubts were simple square works covered in stone and mounted with 4 cannons and about ten men.

    In 1860, a redoubt surrounded by a moat was built at the level of the Fort Lapin battery. There was a guardhouse of about thirty men there. Fort Lapin was designed on a military battery model conceived under Louis Philippe in a context of tensions between France and England. Over the course of the century, the Fort Lapin battery evolved to play an important role in the face of the German advance in 1940 and then became a link in the Atlantic Wall erected by the occupying forces.
    Today, it is difficult to reconstitute the site's entire defensive system, as there is a significant amount of silting due to the widening of the dune.