Château de Robert le Diable

La Londe, France

The Château de Robert le Diable (also known as Château de Moulineaux) was a feudal castle from the time of the Dukes of Normandy. It is named after Robert the Devil who was also known as Robert de Montgomery and Robert le Magnifique ('the magnificent'). He was the Duke of Normandy and father of William the Conqueror. However, there is no evidence that this person was involved in the construction.

The castle was built during the 11th and 12th centuries. It stands on a hill which dominates the River Seine, the view extending over the whole Rouen region, making it a particularly strategic location. It is known that the English King Richard I ('Lionheart') stayed here. His brother, King John ('Lackland') destroyed the castle during his struggle with the King of France Philip II Augustus. The castle was rebuilt in 1378 by the Lord of Sefton. During the Hundred Years War, the people of Rouen destroyed the towers to prevent the castle being used by the English. Half ruined, it is today furnished with various artefacts as well as reconstructed scenes of local history and life in the Middle Ages. The castle is privately owned.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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M.F.W. Kellermann (8 months ago)
We had an afternoon spare and decided to visit this castle. Unlike some of the other reviewers, we could get inside (two doors were unlocked) but once within, the monument is disappointing. Every tower or entrance to staircase (apart from one) was locked and thus, the castle could not be explored. It is free to visit and that is something good. However it could be so much better.
Kjell Haas (2 years ago)
Very nice place to visit! We had the luck to be there during a festival so we could visit the entire site! Great views frim the towers!
Simon Taylor (2 years ago)
Nice castle ruins. Cost nothing to look. You'll only spend 10 minutes there though ?
Jeff Tinker (3 years ago)
Simple and beautiful view into the past IG: @justtinker
Aurore Letzelter Humbrecht (3 years ago)
Simple and beautiful ruines with panoramic view and picnic tables
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