The Medieval Site of Donzy is located 1.9 km from the town center of Salt-en-Donzy in the Loire department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, Massif Central, on the edge of a small river, the Charpassonne, one hour by car from Lyon.

The ruins of the castle

The ruins of Donzy castle itself rise up on a hill overlooking the plain of Forez. Built on a square plan flanked by three large towers, it was the property of the counts of Forez from the 12th century, then of the Bourbons who raised it in the 15th century. It was demolished in 1603 at the request of the inhabitants under the pretext that it served as a refuge and shelter for many brigands.

Previously, from the 13th and 15th century, Donzy was an important and big city.

Address: 42110 Salt-en-Donzy, France

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Distances by car:

From Paris (tolls): 4 hr 47 min (436 km) via A77 et N7

From Lyon: 1 hr 10 min (66.8 km) via A89

From Marseille (tolls): 3 hr 47 min (382 km) via A7

From Nantes (tolls): 5 hr 41 min (631 km) via A85 and A71

From Bordeaux (tolls): 4 hr 45 min (500 km) via A89

From Toulouse (tolls): 4 hr 47 min (503 km) via A20 and A89

From Monaco (tolls): 5 hr 49 min (561 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra (tolls): 7 hr 10 min (684 km) via A20 and A89

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