Chalets in Briancon | Serre Chevalier

A History of Briançon

UNESCO and The Fortifications of Vauban

A History of Briançon

Briançon is located in the valley of Serre Chevalier. Holidays here are great as Briançon not only has a rich history of art, politics and culture, but also benefits from an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. The town had several of its buildings classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 2008.


Briançon dates back to Roman times when it was called Brigantium by the Romans and formed part of the kingdom of King Cottius...

Briançon has always been in a key position for Alpine commerce, and over time the town has seen economic, political and strategic development. Briançon lies at the foot of the Col de Montgenèvre, with easy access to Turin, making it a main pass between Italy and France and an ideal location for Serre Chevalier holiday makers to stay.


What we know today as the Briançon ‘old town’ is a fortified town, with picturesque steep and narrow streets built by Vauban to defend the region from Austrians in the 17th century. The centre point of the old town – the church with its two towers, was built 1703-1726.


On 8 July 2008, several buildings of Briançon were classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group. These buildings are: The city walls, Redoute des Salettes, Fort des Trois-Têtes, Fort du Randouillet, Ouvrage de la communication Y and the Asfeld Bridge. These pieces of historical art were designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633–1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV.

The Pont d'Asfeld, east of the town, was built in 1734, and forms an impressive arch of 40 m span, at a height of 56 m across the Durance. When visiting the old town it is a must-see, a great piece of engineering for the times.


Chalet Vauban was commissioned by King Louis XIV for his Architect. When you come and stay with us in our luxury Briançon accommodation, you will be staying in a piece of history to the area.


Our Briançon accommodation is located close to the Parc National des Ecrins and the Vallée de la Clarée; so come and visit us for a late summer break to soak up the art, history, culture and sunshine that Briançon, Serre Chevalier has to offer.

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