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Fort du Roule, Cherbourg-Octeville

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The Fort du Roule is a collection of French and German fortifications built in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the Roule mountain in Cherbourg (Cherbourg-en-Cotentin since 2016).

The first fortifications were built in 1793 to protect the Bay of Cherbourg from English attacks. The current fort, at the top of the mountain, was built between 1853 and 1857 under Napoleon III. In 1928, the Navy built extensive tunnels under it to store equipment. During the Second World War, the Todt Organisation built several tunnels, installed casemates for artillery, and built gun emplacements. The fort was captured after fierce fighting by the U.S. Army on June 26, 1944.
After the war, the Navy took possession of the site and set up its command post in the first maritime region until 1988, when part of the site became a naval communications center. The School of Military Applications of Atomic Energy uses some of the facilities. The fortifications at the top of the mountain now house the Cherbourg Liberation Museum, and the tunnels leading to the German gun emplacements are open to the public.
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  • We drove up the twisty hill to arrive at the top of the fort where all we could do is park and look out over the city. There is a museum about the libération, but it is currently closed until April.....  more
    We drove up the twisty hill to arrive at the top of the fort where all we could do is park and look out over the city. There is a museum about the libération, but it is currently closed until April.....  more »
  • Visited here with my young son a few years ago. Had to visit again for old times sake. Enjoyed the visit. Allow plenty of time. Great views from the old fort. 1st visit seemed better. I probably... 
    Visited here with my young son a few years ago. Had to visit again for old times sake. Enjoyed the visit. Allow plenty of time. Great views from the old fort. 1st visit seemed better. I probably...  more »
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  • Really Great place to visit after a strenuous climb to about 180 meters. Lots of carefully done exhibits of ww2 as well as some stunning views.
  • Unfortunately not everything is visible in the area due to military area and barriers. The most interesting thing was cordoned off like bunkers etc.

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