Château de Glénay

Glénay, France

Château de Glénay, with its origins in the 12th century, began as a fortified house overseeing the Thouaret River. Over time, it transformed into a castle, witnessing various modifications and restorations, particularly after the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. Occupied by notable families, including the Vignerot de Pontcourlays, who later became Dukes of Richelieu, the castle saw visits from historical figures like Cardinal de Richelieu and Henri de La Trémoille.

Post the 17th century, ownership changed hands, leading to periods of neglect and repurposing. After the French Revolution, the castle became an agricultural estate, and the once-grand residence succumbed to nature. However, it gained historical recognition and protection in the 20th century, ensuring its preservation.

Currently a private estate, the Château de Glénay is undergoing a meticulous restoration project since 2021, focusing on restoring its original features. The efforts aim to revive the castle's historical charm, showcasing its architectural and cultural significance.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Frédéric RENAUD (8 months ago)
For heritage days very interesting the restoration presentation by the owners I recommend very friendly
Christine Mathieu (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle undergoing renovation. Bucolic setting. Private but can be discovered from the road.
Paul Pérucaud (4 years ago)
An interesting addition to the visit to the Saint-Martin de Glénay church This place offers ruins but also entire buildings to see. The whole is rich enough to nourish the imagination and curiosity. This castle which housed Richelieu for a while benefits from numerous protections from the M.H.: facades and roofs of the outbuildings, some plots, the piers of the bridge over the Thouaret (in 1995). Home, chapel and dovecote (in 2000). Built in the 12th century, often remodeled, enlarged, but also repaired after the Hundred Years and Religious Wars, it was largely rebuilt in the 16th century then demolished during the revolution. Access to the ruins is easy, but you cannot enter the buildings for reasons of security and/or closed private property.
daniel79 Daniel79 (5 years ago)
Good but not visitable, private land, on heritage days visit possible, castle in ruins, but interesting. Listed church in Glénay heritage days.
Guillaume Piquer-Jonquière (5 years ago)
Remains of a castle in a bucolic setting, a footbridge below, old mills on the hillside, like a moment of stopping in time, some research and time could restore this place to its aura, but it is emanates like a poetry of abandonment.
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