Tunnels at Fort du Roule open in june

The restauration project at Cherbourg’s Fort du Roule are coming to an end. The tunnels will be opened on June 6 (65 years since D-Day) but due to some extra work the official opening will be on the June 26, the day Cherbourg was liberated.
Fort du Roule was a French fort overlooking the city of Cherbourg. During the war the Germans built a 10.5cm battery into the rocks, with tunnels cut out in the rocks, interconnecting each 671 gun casemate. About a year ago works started on cleaning the tunnels and renovating the bunkers. The total project costed around one million euros of which more than 600.000 was funded by private companies. 180 companies from the Cherbourg region participated in the works, for example by doing the electricity and ventilation in the underground tunnels. Students of a technical college did most of the steel work such as tubes and ventilation equipment to original standards.

On the french Atlantikwall forum you can fine more on the progressions.

Official poster of 'Les Galeries' as the new museum will be called.

Official poster of 'Les Galeries' as the new museum will be called.

Photo: J. Baptise

View of Fort du Roule. (Photo: J. Baptise)

Posted on May 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink
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  1. Written by russel jones
    on February 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I am very interested in visiting the site, I have a fair amount of information but have not been able to find a site in English with opening times etc. Can you help?

  2. Written by Arthur van Beveren
    on February 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Russel. According to their website http://www.galeries117.fr/infos-pratiques/horaires-ouverture/ the tunnels can be visited in June and August from 9am to 7pm and in October and November from 10am to 6pm. For a visit outside these times you have to make an appointment.

  3. Written by wim hoppenbrouwers
    on January 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’ll definately go there this summer to make stereo photos!

    Ik ga daar van deze zomer zeker heen voor stereofoto’s!


  4. Written by Arthur van Beveren
    on January 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Hi Wim,

    You can always send them to me to put them on Bunkerblog!

  5. Written by Klaas-Willem
    on March 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    the webadres you gave
    doesn’t work anymore ?

    Do You have another contact adres so I can mail them about the replica’s they made of the repro Type 1 hood ?


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