Aymavilles Castle

Aymavilles, Italy

The castle of Aymavilles is certainly the most characteristic and recognizable element of the Aymavilles for its position and architecture characterized by the four cylindrical towers crowned by 'murder holes' that enclose a central body with a square base.

The building, the origins of which date back to 12th century, was repeatedly reconfigured, changed its use from defensive to that of elegant lordly residence inside a great park.

The first record of the fiefdom and the castle date back to 1278, when it was simple a four-sided tower surrounded by a wall, according to the widespread type of the oldest Valdostan castles. Today, the large surrounding walls of the 13th century tower still exist, characterized by being strongly banked, along with a spinal wall divides it into sections at full height.

In 1357, Aimone de Challant became subject to fiefdom three years before the fiefdom of Aymavilles by Amedeo VI of Savoy, allowing it to operate as the defensive reinforcement of the facility, probably considered too vulnerable particularly the level approach on the surrounding land. The four corner towers were thus made: these have circular bases and are unequal in diameter, height and type of crenellations; 'murder holes' and arrow loops were also built, in addition to a double wall with a moat and draw bridge.

At the beginning of 18th century, the external fortifications were demolished and the land was arranged in terraces and gardens, changing the designated use of the building.

After many changes in ownership, the castle was purchased in 1970 by the Regional Administration, which has undertaken major restructuring in these past years.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.aymavilles.vda.it

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Daniela Radicchi (14 months ago)
Bello esternamente ma purtroppo impossibile visitarlo causa restauro
Isabella_C (15 months ago)
Pending the end of the internal restoration work: the exteriors are already noteworthy ...
Gianluca Talento (15 months ago)
Seen only from the outside, but this already deserves a step. We have seen this beauty from Valle d'Aosta through the use of a telescope and a telephoto camera. We thought it was closed, but then seeing the movement and the well-maintained site, we read on the internet that the castle has been reopened to the public. In one of the next trips we will include it in our itineraries as a place to visit.
Fefo Black (15 months ago)
Very nice castle at least externally as it is not possible to visit it. It's a real shame, as it stands imposing and would certainly be an added attraction to this beautiful valley.
Anna (16 months ago)
Beautiful medieval castle symbol of the country, consisting of a single rectangular block, is subsequently enriched by 4 corner towers and a double wall. It is used both as a stately home and a defensive fortress as a place of representation to welcome illustrious guests and as an agricultural center. All around there is a terraced park, a 2-flight staircase with a fountain. Too bad it cannot be visited!
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