The town has a citadel built by Vauban on a rock beside the river, and embracing in its ancient ruins of an old Gothic château. The latter contains the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine, and son of Clotaire II. Blaye is also defended by the Fort Paté on an island in the river and the Fort Médoc on its left bank, both of the 17th century.The citadel of Blaye, its city walls, the Fort Paté and the Fort Médoc (the latter in nearby Cussac-Fort-Médoc) were listed in 2008 as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group.
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:France
Keywords:Fortifications of Vauban, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, World Heritage, la citadelle et le fort Paté et Médoc de Blaye, Blaye, Fortification, France, Frankreich, Frankrijk, Medoc, Unesco, Weltculturerbe, Welterbe, Werelderfgoed, citadelle, fortress