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Tour Barberousse, Gruissan

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The Tour Barberousse (in English, Redbeard Tower) is in the coastal village of Gruissan in the Aude département of France.
The tower is all that remains of a castle built at the end of the 10th century to observe the approaches to the harbour at Narbonne and to guard against seaborne invasions of the city. Built on a steep, rocky hill, the castle was enlarged in the 12th century by the Archbishops of Narbonne, Guillaume de Broa.
In the 16th century it was dismantled on the orders of Richelieu and has been left neglected since then.
Today, the village of Gruissan surrounds the castle remains. The view from the castle site over the village and surrounding coastline is quite spectacular. The tower and the ruins of the castle are listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
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  • The vew from the top is absolutely fantastic The climb up there may be a challenge for the over 70 if not in reasonable shape but it realty is worth the effort even in a strong wind. The photos...  more »
  • Free to enter with little more than half a tower at the top but the short scramble does reward you with good views out to sea and over the etang. Not mind-blowing but its the higest point for miles...  more »

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