Donjon de Bours

Bours, France

Château or Donjon de Bours was most likely built in the 12th century by Hugues de Bours. Originally it would have had a bailey defended by a crenellated wall guarding several outbuildings. Both the bailey and the castle would have been moated. At present all traces of the bailey are gone.

Bours Castle is a keep built out of sandstone and has a rectangular plan with six corbelled turrets. It has walls of 70 cm thick and 2 floors. It is generally assumed that during the mid-13th century the keep would have been higher.

During the first half of the 15th century the castle was owned by Maillotins de Bours who restored and enlarged the castle but probably did not change the keep.

In 1543 Bours Castle was burned down.

At the beginning of the 20th century there was talk of demolishing the keep but luckily that did not happen. During the second half of the 20th century the keep was restored several times and used as a town hall.

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

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Eric De Vlieghere (4 months ago)
Closes due to covid
Olivier Billet (4 months ago)
Nice place....
susan sage (5 months ago)
Very interesting history and very knowledgeable and friendly guide
Nick Rogers (2 years ago)
An amazing building, a wonderful guide showed us the entire donjon with a complete history. Would recommend a visit if you're in the area.
Frank BEUGIN (2 years ago)
Très beau à voir en passant dans le coin.
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