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Citadelle de Port-Louis

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Address: avenue du fort de l'aigle, Port-Louis, France
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Historic interest

Learning about the history of the East India Company and the French Sea Rescue Service in the historic Fort, with views across to L'Orient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2014
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

very sad that there is a charge to even enter the citadel it is worth walking along the free ramparts

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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We get there mainly foer the "citadelle" and we discovered a fantastic museum. It is very well describing the conditions of the life on the ships between Europe and India. It si showing fantastic finds from China and Japan. There is a beautifull "samurai armour" original (same as the one on the "Last Samurai" movie" It is letting you understand... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The Port Louis fortress was built in the XVII century to protect the port of Lorient which was founded to host the French ambitions towards the Far East, mainly India and China. This was enough for the French government to allocate a significant collection of colonial artifacts, including paintings, ship models, clothing, tapestries, porcelain, etc... to the port Louis museum.... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We have visited the Citadelle and it's museums before and were happy to take family members with us on this occasion. The first thing we discovered was that instead of wandering round the two museums and interpreting the information for ourselves, Audio Guides are now provided, with different language choices. This meant we could hear everything described while inspecting the... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

As a background to this review, I should say that I stayed in an apartment in Port Louis for a fortnight and fell in love with the town. It seems to have the best of both worlds in that it is quiet, tranquil and decidedly Breton but has enough charm and interest to attract a few visitors and has, therefore,... More 

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Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The site itself, perched on a cliff overlooking the entrance to Lorient harbor, is magnificent. The museums (Rescue at Sea, Indies Trade, etc) are just the right size, informative without being too detailed or too large.

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Guemene-sur-Scorff, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A walk around the town is good enough, but coupled with the beach, the citadel, the museums in the citadel and the wonderful resistance memorial, this place is a must to go and see! 45 minutes from Au coin de bertrand

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Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Learning about the history of the East India Company and the French Sea Rescue Service in the historic Fort, with views across to L'Orient.

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Darien, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

The fort is imposing, but the real treasure is inside: the trio of museums, especially the one on the East India trade. Great artifacts w minimal English translations.

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

First came across the Citadel when it was closed.... Had to go back! The size and unique design is incredible.... They need to offer flights over it to get a better impression. Good value for money too as you get 3 museums inside as well - sea rescue, treasures of the ocean, and the history of sea trade with the... More 

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