Château de Crèvecoeur

Crèvecœur-en-Auge, France

Château de Crèvecoeur is a small castle survived to this day practically intact. The inner bailey is protected by the moat, the motte and its curtain wall dating back to the 12th century, slashed with arrow slits. The only way across to the inner bailey, and thus the lord’s dwelling-place, is a single footbridge.

The importance of farming is immediately obvious. There is a farm, a dovecote and a barn in the outer bailey, forming a very fine example of regional constructions built using timber panelling. Originally protected by a talus topped with a wooden palisade, it was the place where villagers could take refuge in the event of an attack.

The gatehouse, built in the 16th century, is flanked by two round turrets topped with a pointed roof. Boasting a portal, the ground floor was constructed with alternating brick and stone. The upper floor was constructed in timber panelling with the wall framing made of bars and fern leaves.

The original castle chapel is made in Romanesque style: thick buttressed walls, a few, narrow openings, a full-centre arch and inside, the arched framework and vestiges of wall paintings. The chapel has not been in use since the 1930s.

There is also a botanical garden, 15th century dovecote and 16th century barn on the castle site.

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

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Nicholas Zinos (2 years ago)
Beautiful recreation of medieval keep. Fun for kids.
Julian Lynch (2 years ago)
Really fun site with knowledgeable reenactors
Rogerio Zeferino (2 years ago)
Really nice place to go out with all family, we have seen a medieval event, check photos
Ben Threlkeld (2 years ago)
Interesting place with lots of information on the history of all the buildings and provided in various languages. Often has events on at weekends for demonstrations to garden shows and fun for all the family. Worth a visit
Mark Clausing (3 years ago)
Awesome middle ages week going on, with a lot to see!
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