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.

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Blanquefort, France
See all sites in Blanquefort

Details

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

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

A. Ayres (4 months ago)
I wish I'd known that it's only open a couple days a year, came all the way out only to barely see it from a distance
François LUCAK (7 months ago)
Medieval fortress where it is good to take a moment in a green setting. Free visit during construction days. By the Fine Blades of Médoc
Valerie Nègre (14 months ago)
Open once a month, don't miss out on visiting (date on the internet). Maintained by volunteers who are there to explain everything. Very pretty fortress, worth the detour. I highly recommend.
Cosmin Cretescu (2 years ago)
The fortress is closed temporarly. ?
Jean-Michel POUX (2 years 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.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Trencín Castle

Trenčín Castle is relatively large renovated castle, towering on a steep limestone cliff directly above the city of Trenčín. It is a dominant feature not only of Trenčín, but also of the entire Považie region. The castle is a national monument.

History of the castle cliff dates back to the Roman Empire, what is proved by the inscription on the castle cliff proclaiming the victory of Roman legion against Germans in the year 179.

Today’s castle was probably built on the hill-fort. The first proven building on the hill was the Great Moravian rotunda from the 9th century and later there was a stone residential tower, which served to protect the Kingdom of Hungary and the western border. In the late 13th century the castle became a property of Palatine Matúš Csák, who became Mr. of Váh and Tatras.

Matúš Csák of Trenčín built a tower, still known as Matthew’s, which is a dominant determinant of the whole building.