The Barrage Vauban, or Vauban Dam, is a bridge, weir and defensive work erected in the 17th century on the River Ill in the city of Strasbourg in France. At that time, it was known as the Great Lock (grande écluse), although it does not function as a navigation lock in the modern sense of the word. Today it serves to display sculptures and has a viewing terrace on its roof, with views of the earlier Ponts Couverts bridges and Petite France quarter. It has been classified as a Monument historique since 1971.The barrage was constructed from 1686 to 1690 in pink Vosges sandstone by the French Engineer Jacques Tarade according to plans by Vauban. The principal defensive function of the barrage was to enable, in the event of an attack, the raising the level of the River Ill and thus the flooding of all the lands south of the city, making them impassable to the enemy. This defensive measure was deployed in 1870, when Strasbourg was besieged by Prussian forces during the Franco-Prussian War, and resulted in the complete flooding of the northern part of the suburb of Neudorf.Our Strasbourg holiday maker tool makes visiting Barrage Vauban and other Strasbourg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Barrage Vauban Reviews
Be sure to bring your camera for this spot. Great photo spot, with the gargoyles inside the dam and the views from on top. more »
When you are interested in visiting the “Barrage Vauban, or Vauban Dam” than you should park the car into the “Car-park of the Centre Historique Petite França” which is one of the closest to the Dam..... more »
Very beautiful location. We loved walking under the bridge to see all the old statues. We just loved the entire area. Great place to just walk around and enjoy outside eateries and scenery. Just be ware of bikers, some don't ding their bells to warn you they're approaching and they almost ran over my 2 year old.
Must visit place for everyone. It's free and open for everyone. I strongly recommend this place for visit, especially with the kids. Enjoy your visit. Also, there is a park near where you can continue a nice day. Go upstairs for nice photos Strasbourg main church and these guys behind.
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