Even though the Durance River gorge protected Briancon from infantry
this direction, Briancon was still vulnerable to bombardment from
the heights across the gorge. Fort des Tetes was built
in the 1720s and 30s, and it was connected by a bridge, Pont de Asfeld,
over the river. Designed by Vauban, it was built by his
successor, the Marquis d'Asfeld, and named after him.
Forty meters in length and protected by a redan, the bridge was
finished 1734. It was an impressive achievement for the time.
Copyright 2011 by John Hamill