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Citadelle de Port-Louis

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Address: rue du Fort de l Aigle, 56290 Port-Louis, France
Phone Number: 0297821913
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Unexpected gem near Lorient

Visited recently with friends including 2 Bretons. Easy to get the boat bus from Lorient to Port Louis. We were going to the East India company museum but found there was also the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited recently with friends including 2 Bretons. Easy to get the boat bus from Lorient to Port Louis. We were going to the East India company museum but found there was also the Maritime museum and the Citadelle itself to explore. English audio guides were very useful. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and spent at least 2.5 hours there. There was... More 

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Ullesthorpe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We are a family of four with two children under 14. They were free so for an entrance fee of only 16 Euros we had a really enjoyable couple of hours. Plenty to see, the museums are really informative. Well worth a couple of hours on an "indoors" weather day.

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Thank arkangel67
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We spent 2.5 hrs there and enjoyed every minute and that was without touring the grounds. The English audio guides make everything so enjoyable and the two museums were wonderful. This should become a destination stop worthy of a drive.

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Thank yogiacomo
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

The whole area is swamped with so much maritime history but what made it for me was the East India Trading museum. It was so informative and interesting. The exhibits on display are fantastic. A great museum for all ages to visit.

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Thank Colgate50
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Visiting here on a sunny day does make a big difference. The Citadel is through the town next to the beach, parking is easy and free. The staff are friendly but don't speak much English. There is an English guide to the citadel and the history. The layout is similar to ones in the UK (Fort George, Tilbury Fort, Fort... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We spent a day walking around Port-Louis and the Citadelle. The town is quaint and when we visited at the start of September, quiet. The Citadelle audio tour is interesting, in particular hearing the history of, and seeing the exhibits of the East India Company.

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Thank David L
Dudley, United Kingdom
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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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Thank family147
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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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Miami, Florida
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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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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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