Château de Parthenay

Parthenay, France

Château de Parthenay was built during the 13th century whose remains are still visible to this day. The castle was built on a rock by the side of the river. A citadel was built around the castle which was only accessible through the Saint Jacques gate. The gate and the city walls are still largely intact. There is another gate at the other side of the city, the Tour de l'Horloge gate. Both gates have characteristic almond-shaped towers. In total, the citadel has over 30 defensive towers, 4 entrance gates and a defensive wall with a length of over 1km.



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

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Pascale Gros (5 months ago)
No hesitation, stop for 1 walk ?
Anita Wilson (14 months ago)
Super walk in a very pretty town
Gilles Gallard (2 years ago)
Visited during the medieval festival, the ruins of the castle are worth seeing, the medieval district of the city is absolutely not highlighted and is almost pitiful with almost all the businesses closed. As for the medieval festival, it lacks visitors and exhibitors. Some nice shows nonetheless.
samourai nijacats (2 years ago)
Paul Pérucaud (4 years ago)
Very interesting remains and neighborhood. In fact, this castle is a stopover on the walk that you can take in Parthenay. There are many heritage riches in this city. The rue de la Citadelle which leads to the castle, from the clock gate to the medieval quarters is a great introduction to the short hike that is essential. Built in the 12th and 15th centuries, listed in 1994, this castle had three enclosures still visible today. That of the castle itself, another separated the town from the castle and the third was the wall of the town itself. The ruins reveal many elements and magnificent towers. The whole thing is ultimately quite spectacular if you take the time to explore the remains and the surrounding neighborhood.
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