Château de Bressuire

Bressuire, France

The Château de Bressuire site has been inhabited continuously since the Celtic age. The castle was built on the site of an oppidum of the Gauls and was first documented in 1029, in a charter at Saint-Cyprien de Poitiers. It belonged to the Beaumont-Bressuire family until the start of the 16th century.

The castle is a fine example of medieval military architecture. In 1190, the castle consisted of an enceinte almost 700 metres around, with 38 towers circling the first fortress, itself defended by eight towers.

The visible remains date essentially from the end of the 12th and the start of the 13th century. The fortress included three enceintes, of which the outermost has now disappeared. The castle was broken up during the first half of the 18th century.

In 1441, Jacques de Beaumont became Seigneur de Bressuire. He converted the castle into a beautiful residence. From this time date the large building closing off the courtyard, that has mullion windows, splendid granite chimneys in the private rooms and an elegant gallery, all intended to show the refinement of the owner. The castle subsequently belonged to a number of families but its maintenance was ignored. In 1876, the building partly collapsed. The Bernard family bought the castle the same year. In 1880, a neo-Gothic château was built in the castle court, set back in relation to the former building.

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

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David McGuigan (4 months ago)
Beautiful trail next to the chateau. Interesting chateau fort. There is something about ruins...
zita caldwell (7 months ago)
Nice Château. We didn't see inside as we arrived on Sunday. It was closed. There is a garden to stroll through and a cheeky trail for the locals to cut through from one side of the hill to another. Quick stroll, nothing serious.
Jelle Bamelis (9 months ago)
Very nice site with ruins, courtyard, vegetable and rose garden. Free bathroom available as well. Free of charge. Nice for a visit and walk. Not too crowded. A two hour trail in the region starts here.
Dean Hepburn (5 years ago)
Been here a few times & it's always enjoyable to explore. The castle used to be very impressive in its day. Had a castle, various buildings for soldiers & staff & a chapel. The chapel was on the right hand side as you walk towards the modern chateau. There was also an orchard (orangerie). I'm glad it's in the process of restoration and hope it's brought back to its former glory. Visitors await!
Nick Melville (7 years ago)
Really nice place to visit,beautiful view.
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