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Fortress of Belfort

Fortress of Belfort

Belfort lies just the north of the Jura Mountains and the south-east of the Vosges Mountains, controlling the “Gateway of Burgundy”, a natural route between Alsace and Franche-Comte. The old fortified city lies between the River Savoureuse and the bottom of a cliff at whose summit lies the chateau.

Belfort belonged to the Austrian Habsburgs from 1360 to 1636 when the city was ta...
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Fort Caroline, Jacksonville

Fort Caroline, Jacksonville

Fort Caroline was the first permanent, year-round French colony in North America, founded in present-day Jacksonville, Florida in 1562, but it lasted only a few years before being obliterated by the Spanish.
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Martello Tower, Ferry Reach, Bermuda

Martello Tower, Ferry Reach, Bermuda

Martello towers (or simply Martellos) are small defensive forts built by the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars onwards. They stand up to 40 feet (12m) high (with two floors) and typically had a garrison of one officer and 25 men. Their round structure and thick walls of solid masonry made them very resistant to cannon fire, while their height made them...
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Fort Pulaski, Georgia

Fort Pulaski, Georgia

Built between 1829 and 1847 on Cockspur Island to protect the river approaches to the city of Savannah, Fort Pulaski was part of America's ambitious Third-System of coastal fortifications. Featuring walls of solid brick seven and one-half feet thick, the fort was considered impregnable by most military authorities. At the beginning of the Civil War, Confederate forces occupied Fort Pulaski, and...
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Fort King George, Georgia

Fort King George, Georgia

From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John "Tuscarora Jack" Barnwell. For the next seven years, His Majesty's Independent Company garrisoned the fort. They endured incredible hardships from disease, threats of S...
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Fort Clinch, Florida

Fort Clinch, Florida

A pentagonal brick fort with both inner and outer walls, Fort Clinch lies to the northeast of Fernandina Beach at the entrance to the Cumberland Sound. The fort was briefly re-activated in 1898 for the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the State of Florida bought 256 acres that included the then-abandoned fort and the surrounding area. The park opened to the public in 1938.
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Fort San Felipe, Cartagena

Fort San Felipe, Cartagena

Antonio De Arévalo's plans for the fortress began in 1639. Building was complete in 1789, creating the largest fort to guard Cartagena against pirates, who besieged the city five times between during the sixteeenth century.

San Felipe was undoubtedly the greatest and strongest fortress of all the Spanish colonies.
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San Jose Battery

San Jose Battery

San Jose (Saint Joseph) was one of four coastal batteries built to reinforce San Luis castle, which was designed to defend the Bocachica (narrow mouth) strait, the only entrance to the bay of Cartagena. It was designed by Spanish military engineer Juan de Herrera y Sotomayor.

http://www.fortified-places.com/cartagena.html
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Fort Socoa

Fort Socoa

The bay of St Jean de Luz terminates, on its western side, in the small village of Socoa. The entrance to the bay is guarded by Fort Socoa, which is situated on a promontory in extreme north-west of the bay.

Link to Fort Socoa: http://www.fortified-places.com/socoa.html
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Fort Bellegarde

Fort Bellegarde

Fort Bellegarde is a fortification in Le Perthus, Roussillon, France.

Le Perthus became French territory after the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659). Bellegarde was captured by the Spaniards in 1674, but retaken by Schomberg in 1675.

In 1678 Vauban's plans for the new fortress of Bellegarde were approved.

http://www.fortified-places.com/bellegarde.html
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Fortress Mont Louis

Fortress Mont Louis

Mont Louis, at 1600m above sea level, is a claimant to the title of the highest fortified town in France. Two other towns fortified by Vauban, Briançon & Mont Dauphin, both in the French Alps, covet the title also. Situated on one of the three chief roads joining Roussillon & Spain, Mont Louis bars access from the Cerdagne valley into the narrow descent that carries the road down to Vil...
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Villefranche-de-Conflent and Fort Liberia

Villefranche-de-Conflent and Fort Liberia

Villefranche-de-Conflent (Catalan Vilafranca de Conflent) is a small walled town in the Pyrénées-Orientales département, southwestern France.

The town is tightly packed within the original castle walls and is bounded on one side by the road running up into the Cerdagne and on the other by the Conflent.
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Nagasaki Hypocenter, Japan

Nagasaki Hypocenter, Japan

On the 9th of August 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the world's second atomic bomb attack. This is where the bomb struck.
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Vertical View of the Terrace of Persepolis 1936

Vertical View of the Terrace of Persepolis 1936

Aerial photograph (April 20, 1936; 8:09 A.M.; altitude 1,068 meters)
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Skamlingsbanken a danish national site

Skamlingsbanken a danish national site

Skamlingsbanken at Christiansfeld is the highest point in South Denmark with 113 meters.
1843 it became national site and fiests were held for the danish national feeling.
In the center is a pillar remembering the danish cause but 1863 it was blown up by prussians but re-rised 1866. You can still see the damages from the blow up. Beside the pillar is the flag pole with the danish ...
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Al Karak Castle, Jordan

Al Karak Castle, Jordan

The castle is a notable example of Crusader architecture, a mixture of European, Byzantine, and Arab designs.
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Crac des Chevaliers, Syria

Crac des Chevaliers, Syria

This famous castle was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller in Syria during the Crusades.
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Dybbol fortifications

Dybbol fortifications

The Battle of Dybbøl (Danish: Slaget ved Dybbøl; German: Düppeler Schanzen) was the key battle of the Second War of Schleswig and occurred on the morning of April 18, 1864 following a siege lasting from April 7. Denmark suffered a severe defeat against the German Confederation which decided the war.

On the morning of April 18, 1864 at Dybbøl, the Prussians and Austrians moved int...
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Battle at Rorkes Drift, 1879

Battle at Rorkes Drift, 1879

The battle at Rorke's Drift during the afternoon of 22 January 1879, is among the most famous in the history of the British Army. Approximately 4000 Zulus, under the command of Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande, King Cetshwayo's half-brother, were opposed by 95 effectives of Company B of the 2d Battalion, 24th Warwickshire Regiment, commanded by Lt. Gonville Bromhead. Commissary troops, medical perso...
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Industria

Industria

Industria: a Roman colonia near Monteu da Po (Turin, Italy
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Arg e Tabriz

Arg e Tabriz

Arg e Ali-Shah also known as Arg e Tabriz, is a remnant of a fortress built in the Ilkhanate period. Currently it is placed in the center of Tabriz, in Iran.

Historians belive that it was used as a military castle but clerics claim that the structure was initially used as a mosque in its early days, but during the Qajar era was used as a military post, and storage facility for w...
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Aguada Fort

Aguada Fort

A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there, giving it the name "Aguada" (meaning 'water' in Portuguese). On the northern side, it provides a harbour for local shipping. The fort, at present, houses the central jail. A 19th century built lighthouse is situated inside the fortress.

Immediately south of Candolim, a long peninsula extends...
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Veste Oberhaus, Passau

Veste Oberhaus, Passau

Veste Oberhaus is a fortress that was founded in 1219 and, for most of its time, served as the stronghold of the Bishop of Passau, Germany.

Veste OberhausThe building is located on the mountain crest (St.Georgsberg) between the Danube and the Ilz rivers and dominates the city of Passau that is located on the opposite, right side of the Danube. Below Oberhaus on the tip between t...
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Alamut Fortress

Alamut Fortress

Alamut (Persian: دژ الموت‎) was once a mountain fortress in the arid hills by the Elburz mountains, south of the Caspian Sea, close to Gazor Khan, near Qazvin, about 100 km from present-day Tehran in Iran. Only ruins remain of this fortress today.
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Fort Liedot, Ile dAix

Fort Liedot, Ile dAix

Fort Liedot was built in 1810 by Napoleon the first to protect the Island of Aix from invaders. The island of Aix is between the Islands of Oleron and Re. Very close to "Island of Aix" is the famous fort "Fort Boyard".
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