Fort Boyard

Fort Boyard is a fortification which is located between the Île-d’Aix and the Île d’Oléron in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France. It is an oval-shaped fortress which started being built in 1801, but was finished in 1857, which was put in use right away up until 1913.

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It is 68 meters (223 feet) long and 31 meters (102 feet) wide, with walls reaching 20 meters (66 feet) height. There is a yard located in the center where the ground floor provided living quarters for the men and officers. The floors above were used as a casemate, in other words a storage for the emplacements of guns and further quarters.

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The local people were used to create this fortress, even though they struggled a lot to set the foundations, a task which was almost impossible due to the changing tides. The project was stopped in 1809, but resumed around 1837 because it was evident that Great Britain still poses a threat to France.

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When it was completed, it was no longer useful, but still the cannon technology had improved and the Fort no longer served a strategic position in blocking attacks from the British. In 1988, a restoration began due to the bad condition of the fort and ended quickly enough, so that in 1990 a game show with the same name would begin, which still runs today.

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As it is not legal to go to the fortress, the only way to go inside is if you are a participant in the show, and yet, many people find it interesting enough just to get as close as possible to it. It is definitely from a past which was one of the most glorious for France which had lost its importance, and yet today is one of the most important in the game shows.

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