Château de Bienassis

Erquy, France

Château de Bienassis was built in the 15h and 17th centuries to the site of 13th century wooden house. The castle, first built in 1434, was partially destroyed in the Wars of Religion in 1590 and it was rebuilt by Gilles Visdelou from 1620.



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D786, Erquy, France
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Founded: 1434
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Isabelle Jost (2 years ago)
Très beau château, la visite guidée est courte. L escape games niveau 1 est Génial. À faire en famille
Florent Pergoud (2 years ago)
Un château plein d'histoire. La visite guidée vous permettra de profiter d'une visite virtuelle du château durant différentes périodes retraçant son histoire. On ne s'attend pas à porter un casque de réalité virtuelle dans une salle sous la chapelle du château ! Le reste de la visite guidée est variable selon les guides. Néanmoins le château mérite le détours.
ekkehard babion (2 years ago)
Nice castle
Josen Kap (2 years ago)
Beautiful places for weeding
Charles Brittain (2 years ago)
Worth a visit to get an insight into how the wealthy have lived. It's still a private house so be sure to check the times when the guide takes people around the inside of the house. Though the guided tour is held in French, English speakers are given a handout in English. I think though, to get the most from the tour, one should understand the spoken French.
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