Aug24

Collioure

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Although the site of Collioure has been occupied since prehistoric times, it was in medieval times that the castle

there grew in size and importance. It was a summer residence of the King of Majorca, whose palace was at Perpignan.

After that short-lived kingdom had died, the Spanish occupied the town and the Emperor Charles V improved its fortifications. Collioure was besieged and captured by the French in 1642.

When Vauban visited Roussilon in 1669, he did not leave clear instructions as to what work should be carried out, so it fell to Saint-Hillaire to design the fortifications. He protected the high ground to the north of the town by building Fort Miradou on the site of an old medieval tower.

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