Citadelle de Sisteron


For the finest views of the valley, make a beeline for Sisteron's hilltop citadel, perched on a flank of rock high above the town. Built in stages between the 13th and 16th centuries, it was badly damaged by bombardment in August 1944 but has since been meticulously restored.

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