Château d'Esnes

Esnes, France

Château d'Esnes was built originally in 1007 by Alard Esnes. Today's castle dates mainly from the 15th and 18th centuries. The original medieval castle was surrounded by a moat. Since the French Revolution, the castle served as farm building. It was also a German prison for Russian soldiers during the First World War.


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Rue du Château 4, Esnes, France
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Founded: 1007
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Zaky Shinwary (2 years ago)
Went there for a marriage
David M (2 years ago)
We were able to follow a guided tour of the castle, organized by the association the friends of the castle of esnes. This visit led by a passionate guide was found to be very interesting and very enriching, both in terms of history, architecture and war technique...
Alessandro Pivetti (2 years ago)
Jennifer Noiret (3 years ago)
Visit of the castle today Great experience! Thank you to the volunteer guide for this very complete and fascinating visit which plunges us into the history of the castle with all the themes covered (history, architecture, defense, etc.) We really enjoyed this very interesting visit. (Guided tour every last Sunday of the month with reservation)
Emily T. (3 years ago)
Un beau chateau qui a traversé les siècles en plutôt bon état. Vous pourrez grimper les 3 étages du donjon, resté en l'état (moyen-age) et découvrir un peu partout des graffitis gravés dans la pierre du 17e siècle jusqu'à la Première guerre mondiale. La visite a juste été un peu longue car le guide de l'association parlait beaucoup ;)
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