Châtel-Argent Castle

Villeneuve, Italy

There have been settlements on the site of Châtel-Argent castle since prehistoric times and through the Roman Era. There is a chapel dedicated to Saint Columba of Sens which was built sometime between 1050 and 1070. The castle first appears in a document in 1176 as Castrum Argenteum. The castle was improved around 1275 under the direction of Count Peter II's architect James St. George and castle grew to the configuration we see today. This castle had always been owned by the counts and the dukes of Savoy.

The ruins can be accessed from Villaneuve by walking The Rampa, a staircase carved into the rock of the valley wall. The castle is located in the town of Villeneuve in the Aosta Valley region, at about 10 km west of the city of Aosta. The most prominent feature left in the ruins is its watchtower keep measuring just under 10 meters in diameter which overlooks the town below. The ruins themselves cover about 6,300 square meters. When the castle was whole, it was estimated to be able to hold 700 people in times of danger.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Luca Tirnusciolo (11 months ago)
It is an ancient castle, now in ruins, which stands on a rocky terrace overlooking the Dora Baltea. The marble summit on which the ruins of the castle stand was already occupied in prehistoric times (the discovery of a protohistoric anthropomorphic stele would confirm this), and was subsequently occupied in the Salassic and then Roman times by a fortification guarding the valley. The castle, which had no residential purpose but was exploited by the feudal lord only in case of danger, was composed of a dungeon surrounded by other architectural bodies and protected by a triple wall. As regards the construction of the thirteenth century, they are located at the inside the wall, in the highest position of the site, the tower, the remains of a building and a cistern. A chapel completed the site.
Luca Tirnusciolo (11 months ago)
It is an ancient castle, now in ruins, which stands on a rocky terrace overlooking the Dora Baltea. The marble summit on which the ruins of the castle stand was already occupied in prehistoric times (the discovery of a protohistoric anthropomorphic stele would confirm this), and was subsequently occupied in the Salassic and then Roman times by a fortification guarding the valley. The castle, which had no residential purpose but was exploited by the feudal lord only in case of danger, was composed of a dungeon surrounded by other architectural bodies and protected by a triple wall. As regards the construction of the thirteenth century, they are located at the inside the wall, in the highest position of the site, the tower, the remains of a building and a cistern. A chapel completed the site.
P S (14 months ago)
Nice visit, you can see the whole panorama. Ruins of medieval castle, with tower and remains of walls, and small chapel. Access is free, pay attention to the somewhat steep path, not recommended for very small children.
P S (14 months ago)
Nice visit, you can see the whole panorama. Ruins of medieval castle, with tower and remains of walls, and small chapel. Access is free, pay attention to the somewhat steep path, not recommended for very small children.
Monica Sperduti (2 years ago)
Remains of a Castle on the summit. It can be reached after a 20-minute walk on a dirt path. Great the landscape but I imagined that it was better preserved, of course being 1275 ... that's fine as well
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