Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Noirmoutier castle with its almost 20-metre-high keep

The Noirmoutier castle (Fr. The Château de Noirmoutier) is a castle on the Île de Noirmoutier in the Vendée département of France. It dominates the town of Noirmoutier-en-l’Île with its almost 20-metre-high (66 ft) keep. The castle is very well preserved and a fine example of 12th-century medieval architecture.

The first traces of the castle appeared …

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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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