Château de Lucheux

Lucheux, France

Lucheux Castle was built in 1120 by Hugh II, Count of Saint-Pol who used techniques taken back from the crusades he had been on. Situated on the border of Artois and Picardy it was one of the most important strongholds in the region. It continued to grow during the Middle Ages. Count Guy III of Saint-Pol altered the castle with four corner towers, hall and chapel in 1275. The castle was attacked by English army during Hundred Years' War several times. 

In 1522 the imperial troops of Charles V besieged Lucheux castle for eight days and in 1552 Spanish army attacked it. Protestants took it into their possession in 1567 and the final siege occured in 1594-1595 by Spanish army again. They destoyed the castle and it was finally demolished by the order of cardinal Richelieu in 1640.

Today the massive gate and some walls remain. 

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Founded: 1120
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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www.castles.nl

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Annick Vandenberghe (2 years ago)
Very disappointed, I had read: Lucheux, medieval village. I move more than 80kms, just to see belfry, closed church, private castle, closed !!!!
huguette patte (3 years ago)
I love my castle it's sad to see it wither
Jerome Moutonnet (4 years ago)
Too bad access impossible today. Regrettable. We continue on our way and stop in front of the wedding tree. It is a lime tree over 300 years old. For the young engaged, embrace yourself in the hollow of this tree and make a wish. It will come true ....
Alexandre Dufresnoy (4 years ago)
Very good
huguette patte (4 years ago)
I love my castle that I have known for 44 years
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