Category: Château

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Vitré,Vitré,  Ille-et-Vilaine, Fran…

Château de Vitré,
Vitré,  Ille-et-Vilaine, France.

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The first castle in Vitré was built of wood on a feudal motte around the year 1000 on the Sainte-Croix hill. The first stone castle was built by the baron Robert I of Vitré at the end of the 11th century. The defensive site chosen, a rocky promontory, dominated the valley of the Vilaine. A Romanesque style doorway still survives from this building. During the first half of the 13th century, baron André III, rebuilt it in its present triangular form, following the contours of the rocks, surrounded with dry moats.

The castle was bought by the town in the 1820 for 8,500 francs. It was one of the first castles in France to be classified as a monument historique (historic monument).

Château de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300 V…

Château de Vincennes,
Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, Val-de-Marne, France.

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The Château de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal castle now a suburb of the metropolis. This donjon, 52 meters high, was the tallest medieval fortified structure of Europe.

Château Sully-sur-Loire, Sully-sur-Loire, Loir…

Château Sully-sur-Loire,
Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret, France.

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The Château de Sully-sur-Loire is a château-fort, a true castle, built to control one of the few sites where the Loire can be forded. It has been converted to a palatial seigneurial residence.

The Château was the seat of the ducs de Sully. In 1716 and again in 1719 the château offered refuge to Voltaire after he had been exiled from Paris for affronting the Régent, Philippe, duc d’Orléans.

The Château remained in the possession of the de Sully family until 1962 when it became the property of the Département du Loiret. The Château de Sully-sur-Loire is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château de Sully-sur-Loire,  Sully-sur-Loire, …

Château de Sully-sur-Loire,  
Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret, France.

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The Château de Sully-sur-Loire was built as a château-fort, a true castle, built to control one of the few sites where the Loire can be forded. It has been converted to a palatial seigneurial residence.

The Château was the seat of the ducs de Sully. In 1716 and again in 1719 the château offered refuge to Voltaire after he had been exiled from Paris for affronting the Régent, Philippe, Duc d’Orléans.

The Château remained in the possession of the de Sully family until 1962 when it became the property of the Département du Loiret. The Château de Sully-sur-Loire is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceau, Indre-et-Lo…

Château de Chenonceau,
Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France.

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The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. The bridge over the river was built (1556-1559) and the gallery on the bridge (1570–1576). The château has been classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. It is one of the most famous Loire Valley châteaux.

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzer…

Château de Chillon,
Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland.

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The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva at the eastern end of the lake. The first written record of the castle date to 1160.

From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

The Château de Chillon was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James’s novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château de Vitré, Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine, Fran…

Château de Vitré,
Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.

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The first stone castle here was built by the baron Robert I of Vitré at the end of the 11th century. The defensive site chosen, a rocky promontory, dominated the valley of the Vilaine. A Romanesque style doorway still survives from this building. During the first half of the 13th century, baron André III, rebuilt it in its present triangular form, following the contours of the rocks, surrounded with dry moats.

The castle was bought by the town in the 1820 for 8500 francs. In 1872, it was one of the first castles in France to be classified as a monument historique (historic monument). It was restored from 1875.