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October 9 2012 3 09 /10 /October /2012 07:30

French Department :

74 - Haute Savoie

       
 
 

listen this music's Brams to visit

 

The castle :

     

Situation :

    Duingt is a small city located at 12km in the South of Annecy and at 30km in the North-East of Albertville.

(Where is it ?)

 

 

Description of the castle :

     On the lake, near the road,  a curious "building" is in front of me. What is it ?

  Normally, it is a medieval castle on a island. This construction has 2 names :

  • 1 - "Châteauvieux", (that mean Old Castle) because the lord had built a new castle a few years after.
  • 2 - "Château Ruphy", name of the owner : Baron on 19th century.
Outside

    To discover this construction, i was obliged to walk in a small path and i was surprise to see a beautiful castle.  It seem to be small but around there are 3 curtains to protect the "house of lord". There are not height now, but imagine them 500 years ago.

    Have you seen the big rounded keep with the crenelation ?

 

Inside

          This castle is private. It is not possible to visit inside.

 

 

 

History of the castle:

  1. At the 11th century, a fortification seems built on an island.
  2. About 1670, an old text attribute the castle with Marie-Jeanne Cambric, wife of the Duke of Savoy Charles-Emmanuel II.
  3. In 1839, the Baron Cypion Ruphy buys the castle. Very many modifications are carried out, giving the current aspect.
  4. In 1988, the site is registered in the Database of Historic buildings.
  5. At the 20th century, by marriage the family of Count of Certeau becomes the new owner.
  6. At the 21st century, it is impossible to visit the castle.

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French Department :

01 - Ain

       
 
 
You must visit this castle with

a beautiful concerto of  Bach

 

 

 

The castle :

     


Situation :

    Châtillon sur Chalaronne is a city located at 24km in the South-West of Bourg en Bresse and at 20km in the North-East of Villefranche sur Saône.

(Where is it ?)

 

 

Description of the castle :

     As much of fortifications of the Middle Ages, the castle of Châtillon is posed on a small hill, but with all trees, it is hidden.

 

Outside

    The first pleasure with a ruined fortification is to see the outside and the hight wall. The general form is a quadrangular curtain protected on the angles by rounded towers.

     All wall have some rounded tower. There are a lot of openings on wall for bow and gun.

 

Have you seen the red bricks ?  For a French-knight who lives in Mountain, the color is not "normal", grey ou white stone is the color of "my" Alpine castle. 

 

   At the end of 12th century, all square turns had been replaced by a rounded tower, Imagine my surprise I see this. Why the Count of Savoy had leaved this ?

     The only explanation is that this tower had another function.... But which?

 

                I walk, I walk, I walk... But where is the main door ?

    Here it is, with its semicircular arch. After the destruction of the castle at the 16th century, carries, bridge, harrow, defense disappeared and it is only the phantom of the entry which awaits me.

 

Inside

           While entering, it is the shock !

   Absolutely............  Look at the large green space. .... For a medieval castle, it is a large fortification !

 

With the heat day of spring, the shade of trees is good to dream..... Imagine : Soldiers, Count of Savoy, horses etc...

 

 

History of the castle:

  1. During Ist century before JC, Romans builds a Castillo on the hill.
  2. At the 11th century, a castle is quoted in a text built by a lord of Châtillon.
  3. In 1272, Sibille de Bâgé married with the Count Philippe Ist. Chalaronne becomes Savoy.  This castle is the first guard of the new County.
  4. During the 13th century, this castle become one of the Count residences.
  5. In the middle of the 14th century, Amédé VI, also appointed "the Count Vert", give sumptuous festivals in this castle.
  6. At the end of the 16th century, the kingdom of France of Henri IV (see list of the kings) is in war against Savoy. The castle is shaved by the troops of the Duke of Biron.
  7. In 1927, part of the castle is registered in the Database of Historic Buildings.
  8. At the end of the 20st century, the ruined castle is consolidated and arrange for some medieval demonstrations during summer.
  9. At the 21st century, the visit of the castle is free except when there are some estival historical demonstrations.

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March 6 2012 3 06 /03 /March /2012 07:30

French Department :

38 - Isère

       
 
 

Please, visit this tower with

the magic music of Mozart

 


The Tower :

     

Situation :

   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 ?).

 

Description  :

   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

 

Outside

      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

Inside

   This tower is not a residence. There are no comfort, no fireplace.

History of castle :

  1. At the 11th century, a place is named: Assemble Folletis.
  2. At the 12th century, a Montfalet family is quoted in a text. 
  3. 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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