La Mothe Castle

Arvier, Italy

Perched on top of the hill, La Mothe Castle dominates the village of Arvier. Unfortunately only the four sided tower remains intact, while the ruins of the round tower and the perimeter wall are still visible. From its current appearance, construction of the castle is estimated as being between the end of the 12th and the start of the 13th century, with important modifications in the 15th century. It was first mentioned in 1287, when Aimone de Arverio paid feudal homage to the count of Savoy. According to 18th-century historian Jean-Baptiste De Tillier, the Savoy nobleman Aimar de la Mothe came to Val d’Aosta towards the end of the 13th century and married the heiress of the noble De Arverio family, thus gaining possession of the castle, before restoring it and giving it his own name.

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Via Du Chateau 8, Arvier, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.aosta-valley.co.uk

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afe afenofe (2 years ago)
Ottimo per rilassarsi e respirare aria buona. È un castello abbandonato, l'unica cosa che si può fare sono fotografie del posto circostante in mezzo alle montagne, delle foto alla rovina e una buona e sana meditazione nel verde a fianco al castello
Alessandro Angelino (2 years ago)
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Giorgio Ricciotti (3 years ago)
La storia del castello di La Mothe è in gran parte oscura. Il complesso viene citato per la prima volta nei documenti dell'omaggio feudale del 1287, in cui giurò Aimone de Arviero. Per lo storico Jean-Baptiste de Tillier prenderebbe il nome dal nobile savoiardo Aymar de la Mothe, segretario del conte Filippo di Savoia, il quale alla fine del XIII secolo avrebbe sposato l'ereditiera della famiglia De Arverio. Il de La Mothe lo fece restaurare e gli attribuì il proprio nome, con il quale è noto nelle Udienze. Nel 1306 o nel 1409 passò ai d'Avise, che lo tennero come maison de plaisance. Fu quindi lasciato in consignoria alla nobile famiglia dei Sarriod de la Tour e a quella di minor nome dei Lostan. Per l'incuria di questi proprietari, agli inizi del XVIII secolo il castello era già in rovina, utilizzato per fini agricoli o pastorali come fienile o stalla. Dopo secoli di incuria, la struttura venne acquistata dalla regione, che nel 2006 provvede ad importanti interventi di restauro e messa in sicurezza. Tuttavia, nonostante il completamento dei lavori, l'area è ancora al 2018 in stato di degrado, in attesa di una nuova destinazione d'uso.
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