Fougères’ major monument is a medieval stronghold built atop a granite ledge, which was part of the ultimately unsuccessful defence system of the Duchy of Brittany against French aggression, and part of a tripartate with Vitré

Fougères also has one of only three belfries in Brittany. Its location serves as the center of the weekend market.

The belfry, built 1397, has symbolic importance funded by local merchants it allowed ordinary people access to timekeeping previously the preserve of the church and nobility.

Fougères is a town of Art and History.

A sizable section of the town walls survive stretching from the château in the lower town up the hill to surround the upper town.

The citizens in the lower town were outside the fortifications and had to retreat into the fortress in times of trouble.

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