Portalet Tower, Saint-Tropez, France
As a result of being a coastal town and needing to protect itself from attack, St Tropez became well fortified early on in its history. Four towers were built to protect the coast and the port. Today only three of them remain: the Tour du Portalet, the Tour de la Vieille and the Tour Jarlier. The Tour du Portalet and the Tour de la Vieille look right out over the sea and are situated on either side of a cove called La Glaye.
These two towers date from the 15th Century. The last tower, and the most central one, is to be found on Rue Jarlier. This structure, built a little later than the others, dates from the 16th Century. It confers a tranquility and charm upon a street which is of considerable architectural interest.
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