Château de La Petite-Pierre

La Petite-Pierre, France

Built at the end of the 12th century, the Château de la Petite-Pierre is recorded from 1212. Count Hugo, either the son or grandson of the powerful Count of Blieskastel, is held as the constructor.

In 1566 the castle became the residence of George John I, Count Palatine of Veldenz, who carried out major works. The French Army occupied the castle in 1677 and in 1681 the county was joined with in France. Vauban was charged with improving the fortifications. In 1870 that the fortifications were removed.

Since 1977, the building has housed the administrative services of the Parc naturel régional (Natural Regional Park) of Vosges du Nord. In the multi-media exhibition there, a room is specifically devoted to the history of the castle.

The fortified town, with the Saint-Louis chapel, the 15th-century church choir and the bastion tower protecting the cisterns, is closely linked to the castle.

The castle is located at the end of a crest, separated from the old town by an artificial ditch dating from the beginning of the 13th century. The pentagonal keep was destroyed in the 19th century. The residence has been greatly altered but in its cellar the filtering cistern dates from the 14th century. On the southern façade are Romanesque windows. The well with Renaissance decoration, the main door with pilasters and the staircase turret date from the 16th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Margot (8 months ago)
The pictoresque castle of La Petite Pierre. The grounds can be visited for free, granting a nice view on the surrounding Vosges. The castle is clean and well preserved.
Cedric Westphal (9 months ago)
Charming little castle in a charming little village. The walk around the castle is pretty.
Claude Sacre (2 years ago)
Only outside accessible for visitors
Irene S. Levine (6 years ago)
A visual feast but an otherwise very sleepy little town
Tong Yiu (H.W YIU) (8 years ago)
Nice little city.
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