|Sébastien le Prestre, Marquis de Vauban|
Googling "Citadel Vauban" takes me to Lille, which is on the other side of France, which is not what I wanted. One thing leads to another and I find that there were a bunch of Citadel Vaubans in France, all designed by the same guy, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. He was quite the visionary.
|Plan for Citadelle de Lille|
Designed by Vauban
I've heard about sappers " and I've heard about moats, but I always thought moats were just a barrier to keep attackers from being able to approach the walls. I never put the two together. I guess that might be why Vauban has a Wikipedia entry and I don't.
When I first saw this image (Plan for Citadelle de Lille) I took it for M.C. Escher-like exercise, but it's not, it's a plan. The blue areas are waterways.
|Citadel Vauban Belle Isle|