Cl. Service historique de l'Armée de Terre, Château de Vincennes.  
Plan of the city, 1842.
Pen-and-ink, water-colour.
Coll. Christian Deloupy. Cl. Valérie Rousset.
Group of soldiers on the west facade.
  lthough it no longer had any military or strategic role in the city, the army maintained a garrison in the castle. It regularly carried out repairs, or rather, partial reconstruction of the crumbling sections of the fortifications, leaving themselves open to strong criticism from local intellectuals. From 1850 the Engineers limited themselves to working on the outer wall while the Ministère des Beaux-Arts (Ministry of Fine Arts) was more specifically entrusted with the restoration work on the inner rampart. But, because of insufficient funding for "artistic restoration work" the army handed over its role in the management and maintenance of the fortifications to the civil authorities. It finally agreed, in 1918 to leave the stronghold, thus breaking its last link with a monument to whose preservation it had made a very great contribution.


 The will to preserve
  the old city
 Participants in Preservation
 The role of the war ministry
  Carcassonne Castle,
Lithograph by Engelman.
  Coll. Château de la cité. Cl. Dominique Baudreu.