Château de La Ferté-Milon

La Ferté-Milon, France

In La Ferté-Milon stand the ruins of an unfinished castle, whose façade was 200 m long and 38 m high. The first castle was erected already in the 9th century AD, but the current structure dates from 1393, when Louis of Orléans started to reconstruct a strong castle. It was cancelled in 1407, when Louis was assassinated.

The singular form of the tower walls was probably designed to resist cannons and protect the gate. The façade is preceded by a moat. On the right is a square tower of which two bare walls remain. The top of the ramparts is adorned with machicolation. Access to the town was protected by a former gate of which two towers remain. Behind the ramparts, two 160 mm cannons from 1909 sit facing towards the valley.


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Dries Cools (2 years ago)
Huuuge walls
George Coppock (2 years ago)
Pleasant if a little run down village. Place where the author/ playwright Racine was born. Good parking by the river with a waterwheel.
Kristoff (3 years ago)
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Floppie Disk (4 years ago)
Beautiful site!
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