Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since July 2008, the two towers of La Hougue and Tatihou are fine examples of the military genius of Vauban. The Fort de la Hougue attracts many visitors from around the world to discover this magnificent heritage listed at UNESCO since July 7, 2008.
The English were the first to land on the coast of Hougue in 1346 during the Hundred Years War. Three centuries later, after the battle of Barfleur and Cherbourg, it is the battle of Hougue, June 2 and 3, 1692 off Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, which rings the knell of the kingdom’s military fleet , resulting in the loss of the most beautiful ships of the King of France …
From 1694, Vauban then decided to develop the defensive system of the Cotentin coast, particularly in Cherbourg and La Hougue. In Saint-Vaast and on the island of Tatihou, he built two towers to protect the anchorage of the boats. The fortifications are completed in the 18th century. The site is restructured in the 19th century with the construction of new batteries. During the Second World War, the fort was occupied by the Germans who built blockhouses there.