The castle of Crazannes (fr. Château de Crazannes), in Crazannes, in Charente-Maritime, classified as a historic monument in 1913, is one of the oldest castles in Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Its construction began in the fourteenth century on the site of an old medieval fortress from the eleventh century, of which the chapel, the moat and the keep remain. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

Initially owned by the lords of Tonnay-Charente, the site has known many owners including, among others, Jacques Poussard (adviser to Charles VI), the Daillon family and the Acarie family. This family, whose men were illustrious soldiers, lived in the castle for more than 300 years and carried out major expansion work…

The north facade, from the beginning of the 16th century, has doors and windows decorated with elegant stone carvings, in a remarkable flamboyant style.

The cylindrical tower which rests on it is decorated with machicolations. It is wearing a very sharp pepperbox.

The dovecote dates from the 17th century.

The Romanesque chapel dates from the eleventh century, as does the keep which has undergone various modifications over time.

The castle opened for public.

Address: 24 Rue du Château, 17350 Crazannes, France

Wednesday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Thursday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Friday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Saturday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Sunday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Monday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Tuesday Closed

GPS coordinates: 45° 50′ 42″ N, 0° 41′ 38″ E

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 4 hr 44 min (470 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 1 hr 30 min (130 km) via A10
  • From Lyon: 6 hr 11 min (644 km) via A89
  • From Marseille: 7 hr 15 min (768 km) via A62
  • From Toulouse: 3 hr 35 min (368 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Monaco: 9 hr 24 min (949 km) via A62
  • From Andorra: 5 hr 53 min (550 km) via A62
  • From Madrid: 8 hr 28 min (821 km) via A-1 and A63
  • From Moscow: 34 hr (3,312 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 20 hr 45 min (1,998 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 30 hr (2,947 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 8 hr 50 min (908 km) via A10

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

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