Château de Pornic

Pornic, France

Situated in the port of Pornic, Château de Pornic has long been a symbol of the town. The castle is privately owned and not open to the public. The castle is bordered on one side by the sea and is constructed on a defensive site. In the Middle Ages, it provided for the defence of the port.

In the 10th century, Alan Wrybeard, Duke of Britanny, built and fortified a wooden castle. It was occupied by a garrison who protected the entrance to Pornic. In the 12th century, it was the property of the Lords of Rais who rebuilt it in stone. In the 15th century, it belonged to Gilles de Rais but was confiscated by the Duke of Britanny at the time of his trial. In the 18th century, it belonged to Marquis de Brie Serrant whose properties were confiscated during the French Revolution. The castle fell into ruin. The castle was bought at the end of the 19th century by Monsieur Lebreton, founder of the seawater baths, and restored by the architect François Bougoüin who gave it its present appearance with its fully arched windows dressed in brick in the style of the Italian architecture of the Château de Clisson.

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

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Michel Baudin (18 months ago)
Nous n'avons vu le château que de l'extérieur mais il apparaît sur le quart des photos, seul ou dans ce décor superbe de la ria. Les sentiers de Pornic sont très agréables. Les guirlandes lumineuses dans les gréements des bateaux dans la ria à Noël rendaient les balades nocturnes enchanteresses
Akshay Mannur (18 months ago)
Summers are the best time to visit this place. From Nantes you have direct bus Lila or you can even take train
Gawaine Ensor (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place and town
chris box (3 years ago)
Huge chateau dominates the surrounding area- in a good way
Nicolas Plaire (3 years ago)
Is there anything that symbolizes Pornic more than its castle? I just love seeing it there, standing over the harbour. For me, it's home
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