Château des Ducs

Argentan, France

Château des Ducs (Castle of Dukes) was a former house of Dukes of Normandy. It was burnt down in the Hundred Years' War and rebuilt soon after in the 14th century. Since 1827 it has been a courthouse.


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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)


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Manu Flyfisherman_01 (14 months ago)
Pretty building steeped in history
Elisabeth Gerckens (16 months ago)
Große Ausstellung über 4 Etagen über die Geschichte von Nantes , kann ca. 3 Stunden dauern.
Florence Paccini (19 months ago)
Rob Witteveen (4 years ago)
ALAIN GARDERES (5 years ago)
A visiter au moins les extérieurs
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