French Department :
38 - Isère
Please, visit this tower with
the magic music of Mozart
The Tower :
The small village of Laval is located at 30km on North-Est of Grenoble and at 5km on the South of Brignoud. (Where is this tower ?).
I imagine you think : "Why the French-Knight give us an article of a small tower not important ?".
My response is : "This tower is perhaps the oldest medieval construction in province of Dauphinée. you must know this incredible tower !"
Name of this tower
This construction has 3 names in all books :
1 - Monfollet,
2 - Montfalet,
3 - Montfallet........... That is this name i prefer.
On the small parking at the bottom of Laval, i can see the tower on the hill. After 10 minutes of trekking, i am in front of the "marvelous" medieval construction. It is a square tower made with primitive ashlars. I imagine there is a wooden wall walk around.
It is a good position to built a watchtower.
On the South, it is possible to see the path thought the Alpine mountain ( A old iron mine is marked on my map).
On the West, the tower see the big city Grenoble, where the "prince "of Dauphinée (the true name is Dauphin) has lived sometimes.
On the east side, it possible to spy the old enemies : The Savoy men. And also look at the river named "Isère" where some boats can be.
Why is it an old tower ?
1- Because it is a square form.
2- And it has a small arrow-loop.
3- And no battlement or machicolation.
One side has 3 holes. This on the bottom is not a medieval door. It was created to transform this tower to a cellar. It the moment to see inside
This tower is not a residence. There are no comfort, no fireplace.
History of castle :
- At the 11th century, a place is named: Assemble Folletis.
- At the 12th century, a Montfalet family is quoted in a text.
- At the 21st century, the visit is free and free. The risk to receive a stone is weak, but do not forget, it is a ruined tower.
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