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Suscinio castle

Suscinio castle

Impressive fortress built and altered in XIIIe and XVe centuries at the edge of the ocean, the castle of Suscinio was one of the favorite residences of the dukes of Brittany. Passed to the crown of France in 1520, the castle fell little by little ruins some and, sold like national good with the Revolution, was used then as stone quarry. The general council of Morbihan, owner since 1965, underto...
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Nidau Castle

Nidau Castle

The "Castello Seeschloss" is a medieval castle from the 13th century, with modern amenities and a very special romantic castle atmosphere. The defiant castle, the church in the center of town, and the well-preserved building fronts along main streets are typical Nidau sights. In the Middle Ages, Nidau was the symbol of Bernese might holding sway over the villages and hamlets of the lake country...
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Morat enclosure and castle

Morat enclosure and castle

The town’s name is derived from the Celtic word moriduno, meaning “lakeside fortress”. Fire in 1416 led to rebuilding in stone, a useful move since, shortly after, in June 1476, Murten allied itself with Bern and Fribourg against the Burgundians and found itself facing down a concerted siege from Charles the Bold. The town hung on for thirteen days, whereupon a Bernese force arrived from over t...
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Grasburg castle

Grasburg castle

The Grasburg is the biggest preserved ruin in the canton of Berne. It dates from the 11th and 12th centuries and was run by the Dukes of Zähringen at the time. In the centuries that followed it had several different owners and many of these extended the castle to suit their needs. When the 'Amtshaus' was built in Schwarzenburg towards the end of the 16th century, the Grasburg was abandoned as t...
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Przemysl 1914 Forts belt

Przemysl 1914 Forts belt

A bunch of forts around Przemysl in Galicia province at the border between Russian and Hungary-Austrian Empires according to 1914 fortifications map (some of them are now totally erased)
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Blancafort Castle

Blancafort Castle

Situated in a 50-acre park, including 5 acres of gardens on the border of the Sologne region, Blancafort Castle is 30 minutes away from Sancerre and its wineries, and 5mm away from the Museum of Witchcraft.
Erected in the 15th Century by the de Boucard family on the site of an ancient Seigniory already existing in the 11th Century, and later transformed in the 17th Century, this handsome...
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Apremont-sur-Allier Castle

Apremont-sur-Allier Castle

Situated on the banks of Allier river, at the very edge of Berry and nearby Bourbonnais, this attractive village is listed as one of 'France's Most Beautiful Villages'.
Built in the Middle Ages, the castle was completely transformed at the Rebirth from a military fortress into a much more pleasant mansion.
The village downside the hill has been totally rebuilt in a pure Berry sty...
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Rochebaron castle

Rochebaron castle

End of a peak, the castle of Rochebaron dominates the gorges of the Loire. Undoubtedly built by the lords de Rochebaron in XIe century, the castle was altered in XIVe and XVe centuries, before being abandoned under Louis XIV. The imposing ruins are composed of a quadrangular enclosure , flanked round towers and defended by a cylindrical tower on the side of the attack, and a triangular tower co...
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Herisson castle

Herisson castle

The imposing ruins of the castle of Hérisson dominate the valley of Aumance and the old strengthened borough. The turns, the courtines, the keep and the remainder of home are from XIVe century. This property of the dukes of Bourbon was taken by Louis XI in XVe century, then taken again by the princes two centuries later, before being dismantled by Mazarin.
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Bellegarde-du-Loiret Castle

Bellegarde-du-Loiret Castle

Built in 1376, this building becomes the residence of the duke of Antin, wire of the Marquise of Montespan the famous mistress of Louis XIV.
Superintendent of the buildings of the kingdom, it refits the castle of Bellegarde at the beginning of the XVIII century. He made build two houses which framed the entry, as well as the gardens
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Chateaugiron Castle

Chateaugiron Castle

From the old medieval fortress, renovated between 1450 and 1470 per Jean de Derval remains significant vestiges. It counted 6 turns, a châtelet of entry with a drawbridge and the lanlord home. The oldest part is consisted the chorus of the vault castrale of Roman style (XIIIe). Four turns are still drawn up: the keep (XIIIe - beginning of XVe century) independent of the castle, high of 38 meter...
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Castelnau-Bretenoux Castle (low res)

Castelnau-Bretenoux Castle (low res)

Held of XIe with the beginning of XVe century by the family of this name, then by a collateral branch, Castelnau was the seat of a significant "châtellenie quercinoise" which gave bishops of Rodez and Cahors to XVe and XVIe century. The castle had never to undergo a siege, perhaps its defenses provided for it. It was saved ruin since 1896 by the singer Jean Mouliérat who assembled collections o...
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Beaucaire Castle

Beaucaire Castle

This fortress, which is one of largest of France, was rebuilt under Saint-Louis after the annexation in 1229 of Languedoc to the Royal field. It supervised the Rhone, then the border with Provence, and was destroyed on the order of Richelieu. By the strengthened door, one sees the triangular tower, at side the vault and the round tower are. At the interior of the garden the museum Auguste Jacqu...
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Chateau-Thierry citadel

Chateau-Thierry citadel

Built between 8th and 11th centuries, this fortres was a masterpiece for the counts of Vermandois then of Champagne. After so many upgrade during years, the first castle is no more existing and the actual remains were built by Thibault de Champagne in the beginning of XIIIth century
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Anjony Castle

Anjony Castle

The chateau of Anjony was built by Louis d'Anjony, one of Jeanne d'Arc's "compagnons" who received instructions from King Charles VIIth to propect the surrounding countryside ; Anjony keep is still here, intact and proud a very characteristic example of the small 15th century mountain fortresses. Its history was tumultuous in the 15th and 16th centuries, as a genuine vendetta existed between th...
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Le Barroux Castle

Le Barroux Castle

Military fortress of XIIe century, located on a rock piton dominating the village of Barroux. It is an exceptional point of view on all the plain of Comtat, laces of Montmirail and the Ventoux mount. The castle was transformed with the Rebirth (XVIe century) into a splendid residence. Given up at the XVIIIe century, it fell in ruin at the time of its repurchase, in 1929, by Mr. Vayson de Praden...
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Les-Baux-de-Provence Citadel

Les-Baux-de-Provence Citadel

Camped on the rocky outcrop of Baux-of-Provence, bordered of two straight down ravines, the Castle of the Baux, at the same time imposing site and monument of legend, extends on nearly 7 hectares. Medieval fortified town with the borders of Languedoc, Comtat Venaissin and Provence, the Castle of the Beaux was with the lasting conflicts of the centuries: Provence was at the time the object of al...
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Almourol Castle

Almourol Castle

This fortress is located around Tomar (Portugal), the old Templiers city. It is built on an island of Tage river standing for 310 meters length, 75 meters broad and 18 meters at the highest point. Fortress Moor, the castle of Almourol was taken again at the time of the Portuguese reconquista under the reign of Alphonse 1st. In 1171, the castle was entrusted to the temple which decided to rebuil...
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Liria Palace

Liria Palace

Liria Palace, house of the Duquesa de Alba, Madrid
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Harcourt Castle

Harcourt Castle

Field given to the beginning of XIe century by Rollon the Norman (1rst duke of Normandy) with the one of his/her companions from which descend Harcourt. Cradle of this famous family and whose Rieux, Tweed, Beauvau and Pitches continued the line during nine centuries. Beautiful specimen of the medieval military architecture, Harcourt preserved its strengthened enclosure overhanging of impressive...
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La Madeleine Castle

La Madeleine Castle

The castle of the Madeleine, located on the heights of Chevreuse, offers a superb panorama on the valley of the Yvette. Splendid fortress, it was built between XIe and XIVe century. The House of the Park was built inside the enclosure of the Castle. In the cellars of the castle, an exposure "Life of castle" recalls the history of the fortress.
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Blaye Fortresses

Blaye Fortresses

Located both side of Gironde with an addendum on a small island in the middle of the river, these forts were built at the turn of XVIIe by Vauban. Purpose of these was the defense of Bordeaux from english attacks and to replace the old Blanquefort castle.
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Blanquefort Castle

Blanquefort Castle

Old feudal chief town, Blanquefort was, around 1270, then again in 1455-1466, a key point for the defense of Bordeaux. From these two times, it preserves remarkably interesting fortifications: turn-residence surfortifiée by Édouard 1st, small citadel adapted to the gun by Antoine de Chabannes. At the turn of XVIe century it was outranked and replaced by the Blaye Fortress

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Bonaguil Castle

Bonaguil Castle

Rebuilt essentially with the hinge of XVe and XVIe centuries, the fortress of Bonaguil constitutes an excellent example of adaptation of architecture castrale to the large-scale use of weapons from archery to firearms. It is the anachronistic work of a nostalgic and megalomaniac baron, jealous of feudal prerogatives to the anguish.
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Nantes - Castle of Duchess Ann

Nantes - Castle of Duchess Ann

From Charles VIII to Louis XIV, many kings de France remained with the castle. In the vault, Louis XII marries Anne of Brittany in 1499. Henri IV there worked out, if not signed into 1598 the terms of the edict of Nantes. In its turns were held Chalais, favourite of the king Louis XIII, the cardinal of Retz, the duchess of Berry. The great time is that of the duke of Brittany, François II. The ...
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