Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Château de la Roche Courbon and its gardens

Château de la Roche Courbon is a large château, developed from an earlier castle, in the Charente-Maritime département of France. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

History

Under the current castle, there are caves whose prehistoric furnishings show that they were inhabited during the Mousterian (- 120,000 years), Aurignacian (- 40,000 years) and Magdalenian …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Fouras fort presents the finest example of a keep of a seigneurial stronghold of the French Atlantic coastal fortifications

The Fort de Fouras or Semaphore de Fouras is the medieval fortified castle in Fouras, a small town located in Aunis in the Charente-Maritime department.

It is also improperly referred to in tourist brochures as Fort Vauban, although most of its construction predates Vauban’s intervention.

History

The mouth of the Charente represents a strategic site and …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Nieul-lès-Saintes castle listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments on July 8, 1988

Nieul-lès-Saintes castle (fr. The Château de Nieul) is located in Nieul-lès-Saintes, in Charente-Maritime. Jeanne de Parthenay inherited the land from Nieul in 1370, and it was her husband, Jean Chaudrier (or Jehan Chaudrier), an ancestor of Ronsard, who built this fortified castle. The castle was sold as national property in 1793, and was shared between …

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The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Niort and its Donjon

Niort (fr. Niort) is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.

The city belongs to the Regional Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin, a vast wetland spread over the three departments of Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vendée.

Its economy is mainly based on the tertiary sector (insurance, banks, assistance, IT and financial consultant, mail order sales, …

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The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Thouars and its sights

Thouars (fr. Thouars) is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France. On 1 January 2019, the former communes Mauzé-Thouarsais, Missé and Sainte-Radegonde were merged into Thouars.

Thouars has been awarded the 4-star flower town and town of art and history label.

Tourism and attractions

Main tourist spot of the city is the Castle of …

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