Château de Brécy was built in the 17th century and the other buildings a century later. It is famous for its balcony gardens surrounded by stone balustrades and statues and exceptional high and finely decorated gate.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Francois A (3 months ago)
Nous nous sommes vus ce jour refuser l'accès avec un chien d'assistance, contrairement à la loi du 11 février 2005 sur l'égalité des droits des personnes handicapées. Réponse au propriétaire. Merci d'avoir pris le temps de répondre. A mon tour de profiter de votre réponse pour vous rappeler que la loi prévoit les même droits pour les chiens en cours de formation accompagnés de leurs familles d'accueil, qu'il n'est pas nécessaire qu'une personne handicapée soit présente (ces chiens sont en formation et donc par définition pas encore attribués à un ou une bénéficiaire), que contrairement à vos dires le chien portait sa cape et qu'enfin j'ai indiqué être en possession de sa carte d'identification, laquelle reprend d'ailleurs au verso l'extrait applicable de la loi du 11 février 2005. Autant d'éléments que vous auriez pu vérifier en descendant échanger avec nous au lieu de vous contenter de nous opposer une fin de non recevoir au téléphone depuis vôtre fenêtre. En espérant que lors de notre prochain passage nous puissions apprécier votre travail. Cordialement.
Daria Costello (13 months ago)
Beautiful garden with all the elements that make it a typical French garden. Very well kept ,very peaceful and relaxing. A must if you are a hobby gardener!
Daniel Lebesle (14 months ago)
Superb
Kristof Wyffels (3 years ago)
Beautiful garden. A must see in Normandy
Kristof Wyffels (3 years ago)
Beautiful garden. A must see in Normandy
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Château de Falaise is best known as a castle, where William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born in about 1028. William went on to conquer England and become king and possession of the castle descended through his heirs until the 13th century when it was captured by King Philip II of France. Possession of the castle changed hands several times during the Hundred Years' War. The castle was deserted during the 17th century. Since 1840 it has been protected as a monument historique.

The castle (12th–13th century), which overlooks the town from a high crag, was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Normandy. The construction was started on the site of an earlier castle in 1123 by Henry I of England, with the 'large keep' (grand donjon). Later was added the 'small keep' (petit donjon). The tower built in the first quarter of the 12th century contained a hall, chapel, and a room for the lord, but no small rooms for a complicated household arrangement; in this way, it was similar to towers at Corfe, Norwich, and Portchester, all in England. In 1202 Arthur I, Duke of Brittany was King John of England's nephew, was imprisoned in Falaise castle's keep. According to contemporaneous chronicler Ralph of Coggeshall, John ordered two of his servants to mutilate the duke. Hugh de Burgh was in charge of guarding Arthur and refused to let him be mutilated, but to demoralise Arthur's supporters was to announce his death. The circumstances of Arthur's death are unclear, though he probably died in 1203.

In about 1207, after having conquered Normandy, Philip II Augustus ordered the building of a new cylindrical keep. It was later named the Talbot Tower (Tour Talbot) after the English commander responsible for its repair during the Hundred Years' War. It is a tall round tower, similar design to the towers built at Gisors and the medieval Louvre.Possession of the castle changed hands several times during the Hundred Years' War. The castle was deserted during the 17th century. Since 1840, Château de Falaise has been recognised as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

A programme of restoration was carried out between 1870 and 1874. The castle suffered due to bombardment during the Second World War in the battle for the Falaise pocket in 1944, but the three keeps were unscathed.