Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Careil castle – a fortified manor house in a Renaissance style

The Careil castle (Fr. Château de Careil) is a fortified house in the commune of Guérande in the Loire-Atlantique département of France.

Constructed from the end of the 14th century, and enlarged in the 15th and 16th centuries, this manor house had originally a defensive function, as witnessed by the crenellated curtain wall which still exists. …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Gressière castle had strategic location and overlooked the bay of Bourgneuf

Dating from the 10th century, the Gressière castle (Fr. Château de la Gressière) overlooked the bay of Bourgneuf. Strategic location at the time, it had an imposing dungeon.

In the middle of the 19th century, the Gressière Castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt by Arthur Charrette de Boisfoucault, son of Renée Meunier de Beaumont and her …

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Beaumarchais Castle was built in the 16th century by Vincent Bouhier de L’Ecluse

Beaumarchais Castle (Fr. Château de Beaumarchais) is located in Brétignolles-sur-Mer in the French department of Vendée.

The castle was built in the sixteenth century by Vincent Bouhier de L’Ecluse on the foundations of an old castle built at the beginning of the century. It was redesigned at the beginning of the 19th century. The …

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