An impressive military structure built between 1823 and 1848
on the orders of general Haxo, this arrangement of remarkably
well-preserved fortifications was designed to repel an attack
by the Duchy of Savoy coming over the Chartreuse mountains. La
Bastille features ramparts, blockhouses and steps, rising up
almost 300 meters. This site has been an integral part of the
city for more than 2,000 years, from St Lawrence's crypt to the
Rabot tower, and including the Musée Dauphinois.
A south-facing location at the gateway to the natural park of
La Chartreuse, the Bastille is this impressive mass of limbstone
turned into a strong and strategic place over the centuries and
marked by the famous names of Lesdiguières, Vauban and
One reaches the top fortress – a dungeon surrounded
by two fortified arms – by walking on paths, along majestic
ramparts and stairs, ponctuated by strongholds, galleries and
The fortications: recollection of the military
Although it was built between 1823 and 1848 in accordance with
the plans of general Haxo, the Bastille’s fortifications
have kept a turret, a vestige of the Lesdiguère wall dating
from the 16th century.
Particularly well preserved, this defense system is composed
of ramparts, half burried strongholds, galleries and gunfire
seats, dominated by two fortified walls : the dungeon, as
a defense place, and at the bottom the Rabot citadel, the soldier
life location. It was only in the XXth century that the fortification
had to face fire.
place : 20 years
of human presence
A former roman path, the Chalemont uphill testifies on a human
presence as far as 43 BC. It brings to the Sainte-Marie d’en
Haut convent, which was built in 1622 and hast hosted the Musée
Dauphinois since 1967. among other wonders, once should visit
its baroque chapel.
Any lover of antiquity and high middle
ages should push the door of the Saint-Laurent’s church
(VIth century) and visit the Saint Oyand crypt, going down
into one of the most unique mortuary site in Europe.
A more recent modern-style building, the alpine troops memorial
reaches 635 meters at the mont Jalla.