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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In 2003, Besançon intended to submit a nomination proposal for the town’s Vauban’s properties to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

For that purpose, the French State took steps to prepare a list of Vauban’s military constructions to be considered as a network. This preparation lasted 4 years.

In that framework, Nicolas Faucherre, an expert in French fortifications, was charged to visit and value all forts constructed by Vauban.

On 5th January 2007, the French State submitted to the World Heritage Committee its proposed list containing the name of fourteen Vauban’s forts.

While the eighteen months of the French list process, from a short to long term plan had been set up for conservation and sustainable development purposes.

From August to September 2007, experts and members of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) visited the French network of Vauban’s major sites to assess the preservation program.

After that, among the twelve nominated Vauban’s properties, The Vauban’s Tower of Camaret-sur-Mer was inscribed on the World Heritage List on 7th July 2008.

The Camaret Tower was elected because of:

  • A conservancy of quality which respects the authenticity of original materials.
  • Its strategic role during the Trez-Rouz War on 18th June 1694.
  • The epic presence of its architect Vauban in war time.

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