Chateaux of Grand Est

Château de Sedan

Château de Sedan is a castle situated in Sedan, France, near the river Meuse. Covering an area of 35,000 square metres in its seven floors. Around 1424, Eberhard II von der Mark built a manor with two towers around a church over a period of six years. When Eberhard died in 1440, his son Jean de la Marck began reinforcing the fortress, but it was Robert II de la Marck, the grandson of Jean, who finished the most importan ...
Founded: 1530 | Location: Sedan, France

Château de Lunéville

The Château de Lunéville, which had belonged to the Dukes of Lorraine since the thirteenth century, was rebuilt as “the Versailles of Lorraine” by Duke Léopold from 1703 to 1723, from designs of Pierre Bourdict and Nicolas Dorbay and then of the architect Germain Boffrand, whose masterwork it became. It became the home of King Stanisław Leszczyński, last duke of Lorraine and Bar. Lunéville was listed ...
Founded: 1703-1723 | Location: Lunéville, France

Château de Hierges

Château de Hierges is a partially ruined castle. The castle, originally called Château de Jerusalem (Castle of Jerusalem) was built on the site of a castrum whose origins date back to the 9th century, when the seigneurie of Hierges was part of the property of the house of Ardenne. At the time of the Crusades, the fortress of Hierges was given to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and, in the 12th century, the castl ...
Founded: 9th century AD | Location: Hierges, France

Château de Montcornet

Château de Montcornet was built between the 11th and 12th centuries by the first occupants, the Montcornets. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the fortress passed to Miles de Noyer and then to the Mello family. In 1446, Antoine I de Croy repurchased the castle and rebuilt it almost completely. In 1613, Charles of Gonzaga, who was in the process of building the nearby Charleville, capital of the Principauté d" ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Montcornet, France

Château d'Haroué

Château d"Haroué was built between 1720 and 1732 by Germain Boffrand during the period when Lorraine was independent of France, for Marc de Beauvau, prince de Craon, viceroy of Tuscany and constable of Lorraine. Surprisingly, the architect had to integrate into his plans the four towers and moat of an older medieval château, a consideration for medieval buildings which was unusual for the classicist period. Le ch ...
Founded: 1720-1723 | Location: Haroué, France

Château de Hattonchâtel

The Château de Hattonchâtel site was fortified in 860 by Hatto, Bishop of Verdun, whose name it bears, on a rocky promontory overlooking the Woëvre flat land. The settlement became the chief stronghold of the bishops and also the location of their mint until 1546. In 1636 the retreating Swedes besieged and burnt most of the town. The medieval castle was destroyed during World War I in 1918. The site was entirely recon ...
Founded: 1923 | Location: Vigneulles-lès-Hattonchâtel, France

Château de Cons-la-Grandville

The Château de Cons-la-Grandville represents in a single building an architectural synthesis from the Romanesque to the Classical periods. The first castle on the site was built at the end of the 11th century for Dudon de Cons. It was rebuilt before 1248 for Jacques de Cons: a round tower and part of the curtain wall remain from this period. The present castle is built on the remains of the medieval castle, on a ro ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Cons-la-Grandville, France

Château de Mousson

The Château de Mousson is a ruined castle in the Meurthe-et-Moselle département of France. Until the 13th century, the Château de Mousson was the residence of the Counts of Mousson. On the summit of a hill, it overlooked the valleys of the Seille and the Moselle. It has not resisted the ravages of time, wars and, above all, Cardinal Richelieu. The 17th century was fatal to the fortress at Mousson. A symbol of th ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Mousson, France

Château de Gerbéviller

The Château de Gerbéviller site has been occupied since at least the 12th century. The present buildings date from the 17th to 19th centuries, and include the chateau, a theater, a chapel, a pavilion and a unique water nymphaeum. The present chateau was built by Camille de Lambertye-Gerbéviller during the reign of Louis XV (1710–1774). It was built sometime before 1750 by Germain Boffrand. The Palatine Chapel, oppo ...
Founded: 18th century | Location: Gerbéviller, France

Château de Commercy

Château de Commercy was built to the site of 13th century castle on the small hill adjacent to Maas/Meuse river. The current Baroque palace was built by Charles of Lorraine in early 1700s. The castle was later owned also by Stanisław Leszczyński, the former king of Poland. After his death the area was used by cavalry and left to decay until 20th century. Today it is restored.
Founded: 18th century | Location: Commercy, France

Château de Fléville

The Château de Fléville is a castle located in the commune of Fléville-devant-Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle. The current structure was completed in 1533 in the French Renaissance architecture style, but includes a donjon built in 1320. Fléville was one of the few châteaux in Lorraine spared by Cardinal Richelieu (acting on the orders of Louis XIII) after the Thirty Years" War. Fléville"s architecture ...
Founded: 1533 | Location: Fléville-devant-Nancy, France

Château de Pierre-Percée

The Château de Pierre-Percée ("pierced rock castle") in the commune of Pierre-Percée. The site in the early 12th century was in possession of Agnès, countess of Bar and widow of the count of Langenstein. She married Hermann II, Count of Salm and son of Hermann I, King of Germania (Eastern Francia). A well dug (~30 m) into the rock gives the village and the castle their name. The territory, which included the ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Pierre-Percée, France

Château de Jaulny

The Château de Jaulny site has been known since the 12th century. The fortified U-shaped house dates from the end of 15th or the beginning of the 16th century. An enclosing wall was built in second half of the 17th century. The site was transformed during the 18th century with a home built against the southern wall. Below the western wing are arched cellars dating from the 16th century. In spite of the successive alterat ...
Founded: c. 1500 | Location: Jaulny, France

Château de Thillombois

The Château de Thillombois is a Renaissance château significantly remodeled in the 19th century.  The original château dates from the 12th century. Its size at the time was much larger than the current one that stands today. It was one of the largest medieval domains of the area, owned by a French noble family who also possessed, among others, the Château de Jarny, located in what is now known as Jarny in the d ...
Founded: 1873 | Location: Thillombois, France

Château de Blâmont

The Château de Blâmont is a castle built at the end of the 13th century in the French commune of Blâmont, in the département of Meurthe-et-Moselle. It underwent successive alterations and extensions in the 13th, 14th and 17th centuries which have made it one of the most beautiful medieval castle ruins in Lorraine, thanks to the preservation of five towers. Despite heavy damage by American bombardment in 1944, the bu ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Blamont, France

Château de Doumely

Doumely Castle is a 15th-century fortified castle that dominates the countryside of Porcien, situated in the commune of Doumely-Bégny. The castle was fully restored at the end of the 20th century by its current owner, who had acquired the castle in complete ruins. The structure bears witness to the transformations that successive occupants have made to the castle: filling of the ditches, openings in the façade, dest ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Doumely-Bégny, France

Château de Gombervaux

Château de Gombervaux, lies in the countryside north of the town of Vaucouleurs. It was built between 1338 and 1357 by the knight Geoffroy de Nancy, who had gotten the fief from Philip VI of France. It served as a border post for the Duchy of Lorraine. Already in 1363 the castle was besieged for 6 days by Count Henri V de Vaudémont with the help of English soldiers. In 1367 a big banquet, prepared by Taillevent, was ...
Founded: 1338-1357 | Location: Vaucouleurs, France

Château de Vaudémont

The Château de Vaudémont is a ruined 11th-century castle. At its greatest extent the castle measures about 500 by 250 metres. The castle is one of a group of four castles built around the same time on highland sites along the Moselle valley between Nancy and Metz in northeast France. The other three castles are Dieulouard, Mousson, and Prény; of the four, Château de Vaudémont is the largest and best preserved. It wa ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Vaudémont, France

Château de Louppy-sur-Loison

Château de Louppy-sur-Loison present remains date back to a castle built in the 13th or 14th century. It was built on an elevated piece of land in a loop formed by the Loison river. Originally the feudal castle had a quadrilateral ground plan with circular towers at its corners. It had a deep moat which was fed by the Loison. The castle was abandoned and fell to ruin later and Simon II de Pouilly built a new Louppy-sur- ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Louppy-sur-Loison, France

Château de Landreville

Château de Landreville was built in the early 13th century and remodelled in the middle of the 16th century. It is a rectangular 'maison forte' (strong house) flanked by four cylindrical towers with 'pepper-pot' roofs, surrounded by water-filled moats, with a six hectares park, stables and two pavilions. It is a rare example of a still practically intact manorial residence of the pre-Renaissance Ard ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Bayonville, France

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Medieval Walls of Avila

The city walls of Avila were built in the 11th century to protect the citizens from the Moors. They have been well maintained throughout the centuries and are now a major tourist attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk around about half of the length of the walls.

The layout of the city is an even quadrilateral with a perimeter of 2,516 m. Its walls, which consist in part of stones already used in earlier constructions, have an average thickness of 3 m. Access to the city is afforded by nine gates of different periods; twin 20 m high towers, linked by a semi-circular arch, flank the oldest ones, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta del Alcázar.