Château du Morimont

Oberlarg, France

The Château de Morimont is a ruined castle in the Alsace region of France. The first documented mention of the castle is from 1271, when the Count of Ferrette made an oblation to the bishop of Basel. It was occupied by, and takes its name from, the Morimont family, vassals of the Ferrettes, and later the Habsburgs. A war with Basel and the Swiss led to the castle's destruction some time between 1445 and 1468. It was rebuilt by the Morimonts in the 15th and 16th centuries with seven artillery towers. In 1582 they sold it to the Counts of Ortenbourg Salamanque who kept it until the Thirty Years' War, during which it was destroyed by French troops in 1637. In 1641, Louis XIV gave it and the manor to the Vignacourts, who stayed until the French Revolution. It subsequently belonged to Jean Bruat, then Aaron Meyer, and, from 1870, the Viellard family.

Architecture

Built on a rocky east-west crest, the castle dominates the route between Oberlag and Levoncourt. It is constructed from Jurassic limestone with a lime mortar. The northern building, measuring 51 by 7.5 m, has an underground semicircular vaulted cellar running its full length, and the remains of two spiral staircases. The southern building consists of a polygonal staircase tower and the remains of pointed-arch vaulting and a fireplace. The tower in the northwest corner has oven-shaped vaulting. The southern artillery tower has three vaulted casemates whose cannon openings are set to fire horizontally, with one covering the entrance. The northeast tower, built in 1515, has been restored, and the present entrance to the cellar through the curtain wall is not original.

The oldest part of the present castle, a U-shaped tower in the southern corner, dates from the 13th or 14th century. Referred to by most authors as a keep, it was built onto the bare rock and provided the first residential quarters. The southwest Schlossturm Tower dates from the 15th century, as do part of the west and south curtain walls. In the north, the great hall of 1552, on the probable site of the former lower courtyard, is flanked by two large artillery towers; the northeast tower, dated 1515, carries the arms of Hans Jacob de Morimont and his wife Margarete de Furtenberg. In the south, there was a second residence of which a staircase tower remains. The castle entrance was defended by a low casemated tower and a barbican. In the middle of the west wall is a tower with wells.

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

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Caliméroue (8 months ago)
Closed on my way. But pleasant walk around the site. Car park at 300m.
Robin Du bois (8 months ago)
Here is a beautiful castle ? more beautiful than that of Ferrette, you have to watch the children well because it is dangerous in places, the Germans believed that the holy grail was hidden in the castle.
Jeny Walsleben (10 months ago)
A very impressive ruin. A small place of power where you can recharge your batteries ??
Aneta Basiuk (2 years ago)
Beautiful ruins, it would be more interesting to see the castle itself, but unfortunately it is destroyed. Admission is free, there are signs in three languages: French, German, English. The territory is large, for convenience they put plastic chairs, there is a barbecue area and a table. Nearby is a restaurant, from where they usually go on foot. We walked from the village below, it turned out to be a great walk.
Linda Gaiser (6 years ago)
Romantic place, perfect wedding location!
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