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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Sylvain M. (2 years ago)
Lieu à voir ... Rapidement car on ne peut qu'accéder à l'aire de repos. Les différents panneaux nous informent sur l'histoire des lieux. Instructif. Profitez d'être là pour découvrir la forêt de la Londe !
Reynaldo Bustamante (3 years ago)
Nice place with beautiful view
Céline HEBERT (3 years ago)
Pad grand chose à voir. Par contre le travail de reconstruction est superbe. Nous sommes venus pendant les journées du patrimoine. Dommage que des explications ne soient pas données ou des pancartes pour la manifestation.
Jason Breska (3 years ago)
Super awesome. wish you could get a bit closer
Paul Jackson (3 years ago)
fabulous looking castle. a 'must visit'
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