Category: Château

Château de Houtain-le-Val

Château de Houtain-le-Val is located in the municipality of Genappe, in the province of Walloon Brabent in Belgium. The first castle on this site was built in 1129 by Walter de Holton, first lord of Houtain. The castle overlooks the Dyle Valley. It was originally a 13thcentury keep, but only the foundation of the keep remains. In 1850, the castle was restored and two small towers were added. The castle was remodeled and renovated throughout its history, with major rebuilding taking place between 1854 and 1860. In 1904, the last alterations were completed. In 1944, German forces set fire to the castle, but the villagers put it out. The castle boasts a park, water pieces, and an orangery. The current owners are decedents of the Comte de Moerkerke.

Château de Houtain-le-Val

Château de Houtain-le-Val is located in the municipality of Genappe, in the province of Walloon Brabent in Belgium. The first castle on this site was built in 1129 by Walter de Holton, first lord of Houtain. The castle overlooks the Dyle Valley. It was originally a 13thcentury keep, but only the foundation of the keep remains. In 1850, the castle was restored and two small towers were added. The castle was remodeled and renovated throughout its history, with major rebuilding taking place between 1854 and 1860. In 1904, the last alterations were completed. In 1944, German forces set fire to the castle, but the villagers put it out. The castle boasts a park, water pieces, and an orangery. The current owners are decedents of the Comte de Moerkerke.

Vigny Castle

Vigny Castle is located in the town of Vigny in the Val-d’Oise department of France. The castle was built in 1504 for French Cardinal Georges d’Amboise, Prime Minister to King Louis XII. The house of Amboise was considered a wealthy family of influence. Four of d’Amboise’s nine brothers were bishops. The castle is also referred to as the Château de Vigny and changed ownership many times throughout its history. Built in the neo-gothic design the castle is 37,000 square feet and boasts six turreted towers and a dungeon. The castle is accessed by two bridges. The moat that once surrounded the castle is now a water feature. The castle sits on 44 acres with two outbuildings, which includes a professional kitchen and bakery. The property also houses an orangery, two greenhouses, and stables. The castle fell into ruin and was renovated and rebuilt in the troubadour style in 1867. The square tower and chapel were added in 1888. A purple iron door serves as the main entrance. The interior is opulent with carved fireplaces, stone walls, wooden carvings, tapestries, beautiful chandeliers, and beamed ceilings. Vigny Castle was listed as a historical monument in 1984. Photo credit: Sebastien Lory.

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 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.