Château de Conches-en-Ouche

Conches-en-Ouche, France

The construction of Château de Conches-en-Ouche started in 1034 by Roger I of Tosny. The castle was captured by Philip II of France in 1199 and again by the English during the Hundred Years' War in 1364. It was recaptured by Bertrand du Guesclin in 1371. The castle was lost again in 1420, retaken in 1440, lost once more in 1441 before being finally taken by the French in 1449. In 1591, members of the Catholic League took refuge there; a potential base for enemies of the monarchy, it was demolished afterwards. The castle was classified as a monument historique in 1886.

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Founded: 1034
Category: Ruins in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Ethan fabien (12 months ago)
Nice, pretty flower bed around and a pleasant town.
Nicole Papillon (14 months ago)
We went to see the fireworks display it was magnificent. Bravo ? as well as the July 14 ball very good orchestra bravo ? to the group and thank you to the mayor and to the holiday committees
C Godfrin (14 months ago)
Entrance prohibited, we just see ruins, town without interest, a small square with 3 traffic lanes for cars. Apart from a beautiful park at the bottom of the city, if stopping or doing 30km as we did to visit this city and a real sadness.
Victorio Darius (15 months ago)
Magnificent Dungeon, The pride of the commune of Conches en Ouche. Very beautiful, bustling city. You have to stroll through its streets to fully discover it.
Alexandre Miel (4 years ago)
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