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Make the Fortifications of Vauban part of your tour of France before it's too late

Time has taken its toll on many of the most culturally significant landmarks that highlight France tours, but they are not going to fall into disrepair without a fight. The advocacy group Europa Nostra has compiled a list of 14 so-called endangered sites throughout Europe and hopes to help make sure they are preserved for future generations. The Fortifications of Vauban, which are located along the northern, western and eastern borders of France, made the cut. 

It's yet to be determined what work will be done to ensure that the Fortification of Vauban does not have to close its doors, but the plans include sending a team of experts to assess what work can be done to make sure it survives well into the future. Originally built in the 1600s, this once-sturdy landmark has become damaged over time and is need of significant repairs. 

"By sending multidisciplinary teams of experts to visit the selected sites, together with our partners, we will seek to contribute to finding sustainable and viable solutions for the future," said Denis de Kergorlay, Europa Nostra's executive president.

Europa Nostra certainly made a good decision by selecting the Fortification of Vauban for protection, as there are many individual highlights strewn throughout its expansive grounds. One of the most appealing towns where fortifications are located is Mont-Louis, a small commune situated on the border of Spain. Specifically, the bucolic rural town is well-known for its centuries-old citadel and city walls. Other must-see fortifications include the stunning citadel located in Arras, which sits along the French border with Germany, as well as the communes of Longwy and Neuf-Brisach, all of which will offer a window in to France's rich history. 

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