Fort de Salses

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Moat and ramparts
Inner courtyard

The Fort de Salses (also called Forteresse de Salses) is a Catalan fortress in the commune of Salses-le-Château, situated in the French département of Pyrénées-Orientales. It is clearly visible from the A9 autoroute and it is possible to visit from the motorway rest area.[citation needed]

Built by the Catalans at the end of the 15th century, the fortress guarded the former frontier between Spain and France. Its layout and architecture, innovative for the time, present a rare example of the transition between medieval castle and the fortresses of the modern period.[citation needed]
The fort was captured by the French in 1642, and remained French since the Treaty of the Pyrenees.[citation needed]

Fort de Salses is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture, and is operated by the Centre des monuments nationaux. The fortress receives 100,000 visitors a year.[citation needed]

During the Spanish Civil War, the fort was used as a refuge.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 42°50′23″N 2°55′06″E / 42.83972°N 2.91833°E / 42.83972; 2.91833