Montmayeur Castle

Arvier, Italy

Montmayeur Castle was built in 1271 by Anselmo and Aimone D´Avise on a steep promontory over the orographic right bank of the Dora Valgrisenche, in a position dominating the entrance to the valley of the same name.

Today it is reduce to ruins, but preserves the cylindrical tower, crowned with beautiful swallowtail battlements. It is still possible to see the remains of the ancient castle and the boundary wall.

Access is only possible on foot, along the path that leaves from the village of Grand Haury, just above Arvier.



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Founded: 1271
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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channel max (23 months ago)
Little known, it is located on a cliff overlooking the access to the Valgrisanche, in an inaccessible and well hidden place, mysterious and the subject of many legends Built in 1271 by a branch of the D'Avise family, today remains the keep overlooking the abyss and the remains of parts of a tower and walls. It can only be reached on foot from 2 possible routes. The most comfortable starts from the village of Grand-Haury, where you take an easy downhill path (the departure is passing under an arch between 2 houses in the village, it seems like the access to a courtyard ...) that leads to the cliff of the castle , and in short to the castle itself. All in about 20 minutes. Great panorama in a dominant position. Admission is free.
alberto crugnola (2 years ago)
Photographically beautiful
Il Cleme (C1eme) (3 years ago)
A bit dirty but surrounded by nature!
Ema Depa (5 years ago)
Bello da visitare
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