Fort-la-Latte

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Fort-la-Latte

Fort-la-Latte built in the 14th century has retained its feudal appearance. It occupies a spectacular site overlooking the sea of more than 60 metres. After the thick wall bumper balls, there's the Tower of the Watchtower and curious oven glow balls, and a lookout station provides access to the Dungeon. The chemin de ronde, one has an astonishing panorama on all the Emerald Coast. Fort-la-Latte served as decor for many films.

Brief summary of history

Château Fort-la-Latte was built in the 14th century by the Lord of Matignon, Etienne III Gouÿon. The construction of the Castle began in the 1340s.

In 1379, following the return from exile of the Duke of Brittany Jean IV, the castle was besieged by Bertrand Du Guesclin. The castle was attacked and taken a second time during the wars of Religion in the 16th century, this defeat marked a time of abandonment of the building. It was in the 18th century, under Louis XIV, that the Castle resumed its strategic interest. Fort-la-Latte will serve until the end of the first Empire where the evolution of military technology led to the inadaptability.

Description

Fort-la-Latte was restored at the beginning of the 20th century. It is separated from the Mainland by two crevasses. The fort has two châtelets (small castle).

The first Châtelet, the Barbican (book of fortification) is equipped with a drawbridge reconstituted in working condition. At the time of its construction in the 14th century, it was protected by a Harrow. Completely destroyed in cannon during the second outlet of the Castle, it subsequently was rebuilt. The Barbican is decorated with a medieval garden.

The Court of the fort houses amenities, such as the tank with a capacity of 20'000 litres to feed the garrison of about forty men, Chapel built under Louis XIV and the Dungeon. A dummy drawbridge was intended to deceive maritime attackers any who ran into an area of strong currents where the vessel was going to crash against the rocks.

A second Châtelet protects the Court, there is even an oubliette. The respective two châtelets drawbridges are not on the same axis to interfere with manoeuvres of the Rams.

The Dungeon

The Dungeon is equipped with machicolations and several types of loopholes: the Crossbowmen crosshair for shooting the crossbow and the slits single slot for the archery. Holes could also pull the arquebus and bombarde (large hole).

The entrance to the Dungeon revealed the presence of a third drawbridge today replaced by a staircase. The entrance to the Dungeon was protected by a Portcullis and a deadfall in the mousetrap.

The guns and the oven to boulet

The biggest guns had a barrel of eight metres long. They could send a ball up to a kilometre away. Ballistic settings were facilitated by the path of taxiing, i.e. an arc of granite which allowed to guide the wheels of the canon. According to military records, a shot could be fired every three minutes.

Fort-la-Latte also has a four ball which allowed heat to red the cannonballs. Boulet ovens we remained two expressions: 'shoot red balls' and 'take it with the tongs' (giant tweezers used to carry the hot ball).

Useful information :

Address :
Fort-la-Latte,22240 Plevenon
Tel :
+ 33 (0) 2 96 41 57 11

Prices :
Adult: €5,20 children (under 12 years): €3.20

Opening hours :
From April 1 to April 12 every day from 14:00 to 18: 00.
From 13 April to September 30 opening from 10 h 30 to 18 h.
From July 7 to August 29 opening without interruption from 10 h 30 to 19 h.

Free of charge.

Where to stay:

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