Château de Blanquefort

Blanquefort, France

Château de Blanquefort is a ruined castle standing on a spur overlooking the Briolance valley. In the ninth century, a first fortification was built. The white stone gave the fort the name 'White Fort', in Latin Blanca Fortis, which evolved into the modern name Blanquefort. During the Plantagenet holding of Aquitaine, the fortifications were expanded into a royal fortress at the end of the thirteenth century by Edward I of England. At the end of the Hundred Years War, the fortress became French. A wine-producing village grew around the fortifications, probably worked predominantly by serfs.

Most of the buildings date from the Middle Ages, including a keep and gatehouse (13th century), a gun tower (15th century) and two lowered towers (12th and 13th centuries), incorporated into the house.



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Blanquefort, France
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Jean-Michel POUX (12 months ago)
La Forteresse de Blanquefort, appelée aussi le verrou de Bordeaux, se visite un dimanche sur deux. Elle est entretenue par une association de passionnés. Journée médiévale le 12 juin 2022.
christophe bordas (13 months ago)
Very nice work of conservation, of this magnificent heritage, by the volunteers! Very beautiful fortress! Too bad, because Very rarely open to the public though!
Thomas Amorim (16 months ago)
Beautiful old fortress. The power of the ruins and the strength of the constructions make you dream. I hope it can be opened to the public soon.
Olivier NIGOU (16 months ago)
Beautiful ruin of the black prince's fortress
Stephane Desoindre (2 years ago)
Pretty building
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