Sculptures leaping off citadels? What will we see next?

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Sisteron citadel and sculptures Sculptures leap off the sides of the Sisteron citadel

We’ve seen quite a few citadels in our travels, but nothing prepared me for the impressive show at the lofty citadel at Sisteron in southeastern France.

It wasn’t just the imposing citadel and chapel that overwhelmed. The views from the top are sweeping and breathtaking, and the sculpture show that has just ended (sorry, but I only just got there in time) was one of the most awe-inspiring I have ever seen.

Sisteron citadel, France Sisteron citadel

Touring Sisteron citadel Plenty of stairs to climb

But first a bit about the citadel. The rock on which is sits overlooks the Durance River and history says that some sort of fortress has been there since early days—probably for 4000 years. None of those original structures remain, but the upper rampart of today’s citadel was built in the 13th century.

It’s easy to see why it was a popular choice for…

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