The Tours castle (Fr. Château des Tours) is a former fortified castle belonging to the archbishops of Lyon, dating from the 1st quarter of the 13th century which stands in the town of Anse (France) in the Rhône department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region on the river Saône, Beaujolais.

Considering that it is a “remarkable example of military architecture”, the castle is the subject of a classification as historic monuments by decree of March 9, 1987.

During the Middle Ages, Anse was a border town which protected the northern limit of the seigneury of the Church of Lyon against the attacks of the lords of Beaujeu. Thus, at the end of the 12th century, the Church of Lyon renovated the Gallo-Roman enclosure of the Late Empire in which the agglomeration of Anse had developed since the early Middle Ages.

At the beginning of the thirteenth century, this fortification was however not considered sufficient and the archbishop-count of Lyon Renaud de Forez (1193-1226) decided, as part of a vast plan to renovate the defenses of his seigneury, to build a castle in Anse which he established to the south of the city wall. The identification of the Château des Tours with the “château-neuf” attributed to Renaud de Forez by his obituary was confirmed at the beginning of the 1980s by the exhaustive archaeological and historical study of it.

From the 1980s, the study and restoration of the castle began, presenting its opening to the public and its transformation into a small museum presenting the riches of local discoveries.

Address: Place du 8 Mai 1945, 69480 Anse, France

Working hours:

Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday 9AM–5PM

GPS coordinates: 45° 56′ 04″ N, 4° 43′ 08″ E

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 4 hr (441 km) via A6

From Lyon: 37 min (28.0 km) via A6 and D306

From Marseille: 3 hr 41 min (335 km) via A7

From Toulouse: 5 hr 12 min (554 km) via A20 and A89

From Monaco: 5 hr 48 min (528 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra: 7 hr 6 min (687 km) via A9 and A7

From Madrid: 11 hr 45 min (1,240 km) via A89

From Moscow: 30 hr (2,954 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 14 hr 17 min (1,499 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 25 hr (2,444 km) via E70

From Bern: 3 hr 15 min (329 km) via A1

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