THE NATIONAL FORT
The National Fort, a former Royal Fort, was built in 1689 on an island close to the ramparts of Saint-Malo by the engineer Siméon Garangeau based on plans by Vauban. The fort was built to protect the harbour of Saint-Malo. In 1817 it was the site of an important duel between the French privateer Robert Surcouf and 12 Prussian officers. Later, in 1944, 380 residents of Saint-Malo were imprisoned there and deprived of food for six days by the Germans.
Tip: To find out if the fort is open, see if the French flag is raised!