Château des Ducs d'Alençon

Alençon, France

The 15th century Château des Ducs was a massive castle in Alençon. The first castle, built in the 11th century, is completely disappeared today. The next castle was built by Peter II, the count of Alençon between 1361-1404. It was demolished 1592. Today only a impressive gatehouse and part of the walls remain.



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Founded: 1361-1404
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)


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Justin MacDonald (11 months ago)
This Chateau in Alencon is beautiful with an interesting and extensive history. The main defences and towers remain with a lovely garden area and playground in what was the castle courtyard. The castle itself as at November 2022 is being renovated internally and looks that it will take some time. It would be great to learn more about the role of the chateau over the centuries and its more recent role as a prison used by the gestapo in WW2. It's a pretty part of the town with plenty of parking available, best to park have a wander around the chateau and explore the rest of the town on foot, everything is within close walking distance.
robin Pailthorpe (16 months ago)
Beautiful chateau, well furnished and explained. Recommended
Noel Mahon (2 years ago)
What a lovely place to stay for a few days, we used the Aires municipal €12 per night with all of the facilities. Alencon.
Kyaw TI KAUNG (2 years ago)
So nice.
massicot clife (2 years ago)
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