Fort Montluc

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Fort Montluc
Fort Montluc Lyon.JPG
Fort bastion
Coordinates45°45′06″N 4°51′46″E / 45.751789°N 4.862823°E / 45.751789; 4.862823Coordinates: 45°45′06″N 4°51′46″E / 45.751789°N 4.862823°E / 45.751789; 4.862823
LocationLyon, France
Beginning date1831
Completion date1835

Fort Montluc, also known as Fort de Villeurbanne, is a fort located in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon.[1] The fort was built in 1831 as part of the Ceintures de Lyon, which were a series of fortifications surrounding Lyon. It is currently used as a metropolitan police station.


The fort at the beginning of the 20th century

Fort Montluc was built between 1831 and 1835 and was part of a system of fortifications to protect Lyon from possible enemy attack. The trapezoidal shape and two outward-facing bastions were designed to protect the suburb of Guillotière [fr]. It was surrounded by water similar to the Fort des Brotteaux [fr] and was accessible by a wooden bridge. The interior included a large two-storey cavalier which, could hold 600 soldiers. The fort later served as a garrison.

Present day[edit]

At the end of the 19th century, the glacis surrounding the fort were occupied by French military, and have since been replaced by a garden square. The fort was owned by the Minister of the Interior from 1969 to 2007, after which it has been used as a metropolitan police station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dallemagne, François (2006). Les Défenses de Lyon: Enceintes et fortifications (in French). Lyon: Éditions lyonnaises d'art et d'histoire. ISBN 978-2-84147-177-5.

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