The ramparts of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, inscribed in the World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, are a unique testimony to the defensive architecture erected by the engineer Vauban. These ramparts, built under the reign of Louis XIV, allowed the city to serve as a shelter for the entire island population in the event of landing by enemies.

<i>Crédits photos : ©Musée Ernest Cognacq</i>