Château de Sedan

Sedan, France

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 important work. In 1530, the fortifications of the manor were modernised by the construction of a circular boulevard and terraces with cannons, thickening the 4.5-metre curtain wall by an additional 26 metres (85 ft). The bastions were added during the course of the next century, but some of them were eventually dynamited at the end of the 19th century. In 1699, the principality having been absorbed into France in 1642 (during the Thirty Years' War), and the castle having been transformed into a garrison, Vauban built the door of the Princes that was adapted to the progress of artillery. In 1822, the Church of Saint-Martin was demolished and replaced with a store for cannonballs.

On September 1, 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War, the Army of Chalons was defeated at the Battle of Sedan. Napoleon III surrendered the following day in the small neighboring city of Donchery.

The castle was used as a military hospital by the German army in World War I. Sedan was also the site of a French loss to the Germans in World War II in the Battle of Sedan (1940).

The castle was given by the French Army to the city of Sedan in 1962. Today the castle contains a hotel and a museum showing the lives of inhabitants throughout its history and the Franco-Prussian War.



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Founded: 1530
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Alice P. (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle.....but sadly we couldn't visit inside because dogs aren't allowed. But the outside alone is worthwhile visiting, a specially when it's dark!
Melissa Burghouwt (3 years ago)
Beautiful medieval castle largely in original state.
Alex van Vliet (3 years ago)
Huge castle with a big tour, also a knights tournament performance. Although in French, not a language I really speak, it was good, especially for children.
Johan terryn (3 years ago)
Large castle-fort closed due to Covid, but still some areas are accesible for a stroll. Must see when you are in the neigborhood.
Osman Erol SARAYDERE (4 years ago)
It is a well preserved castle. I recommend everybody to visit this castle. I went to visit it with my family, and it was a good day. It takes about 2-3 hours to visit. If you like visiting this kind of historic places, also visit Castle of Bouillon in Belgium. Castle of Bouillion is about 20 minutes away from Sedan.
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