Fort de Saint-Père

Le Fort de Saint-Père

From rock to fort
Historic site and monument, Castle, Fort, Museum, History at Saint-Père

  • Deeply rooted in the Saint-Malo countryside since the 18th century, the Saint-Père fort shows the local military history and its conversion into a cultural and leisure hub in time of peace.

    Built during the reign of Louis XVI, the Saint-Père fort was erected supposedly to protect the “Privateers City” of Saint-Malo from English attacks but it never actually witnessed any battles at the time. The fortifications, however, served as a prison during the First World War and then as an ammunition depot for the German and French armies until 1988. Conceived according to the Vauban fortification principles, the fort is in the form of a quadrangle sheltered behind a deep ditch and protected by a thick rampart with protruding strongholds at each of its four corners. Spread over thirty hectares, it occupies an area equivalent to the size of the town of Saint-Malo. All year long, the Saint-Père fort hosts sporting events and cultural exhibitions. You can visit it independently during a family outing off the shoreline’s beaten track. In August, the place is taken over by the crowd when it is transformed into a large musical scene for the festival de la Route du Rock (rock road festival).
  • Spoken languages
  • Activities
    • Special theme activity
    • Sound and light show
  • Services
    • Disabled facilities and reception
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