Fort Boyard

Fort Boyard is a fortification located on a high ground formed of a sandbank between the island of Aix and the island of Oléron.

It was a strategic place for the protection of the estuary of the Charente, the harbor of the island of Aix and the arsenal of Rochefort, the time when the guns did not go far enough to cross the shot. The progress of the artillery between 1804 and 1859, faster than the construction of the Fort made this one useless even before its completion. The building became prison Communards before their deportation to New Caledonia ...

It is the subject of an inscription under the historic monuments since February 1, 1950. It became famous as a studio of television for internationally renowned games and can be admired during boat cruises with companies Inter-Islands or Alizé.