Châtelard Castle

La Salle, Italy

Châtelard castle was built probably by Rudolph Grossi, bishop of Aosta in 1243 and archbishop of Tarantasia in 1246. It is first mentioned in a document from 1248, and presents the type of circular tower reminiscent of the fortified constructions of Count Peter II of Savoy, to whom Grossi was a close advisor. All around, medieval dwellings of all shapes and sizes dot the land like small sentries with an ancient charm: the Pascal fortified house, the Aragon fortified Manor house, Maison Gerbollier, just above, the home of the Ecours and again, in the village of Derby, the notarial castle.

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Founded: c. 1243
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Lawrence Collins (2 years ago)
Beautiful!
Lary Butco (3 years ago)
Meraviglioso. Spettacolo in mezzo alla natura. Aria di montagna.
jules (3 years ago)
Non ho capito se è privato.....
Cristina Beneyton (3 years ago)
Un luogo magico con vista mozzafiato su La.Salle e sul Monte Bianco
Giorgio Ricciotti (3 years ago)
Il castello di Châtelard è composto da un alto donjon di forma circolare, al quale è addossato un corpo di abitazione squadrato circondati da un recinto murario di forma irregolare, tale da adattarsi alla conformazione del terreno. Questo tipo di fortificazione a pianta circolare e molto stretta, non comune all'epoca, era caro a Pietro II di Savoia, di cui Rodolfo Grossi era consigliere, e venne utilizzato solo per un breve periodo intorno alla metà del XIII secolo per poi essere sostituito dalla più nota pianta quadrata di ispirazione romanica, che aveva il vantaggio di presentare minori difficoltà costruttive. La torre di Châtelard è alta circa 18 metri, ha un diametro di poco più di 5 ed è ancora oggi quasi intatta, mentre il resto del castello e la doppia cinta muraria sono ormai ridotti allo stato di rudere. L'accesso ad essa era posto ad una decina di metri dal suolo, per renderne più difficile la conquista in caso di attacco. Per costruire il castello fu usato un sistema di piani inclinati su cui vennero trascinate, con corde o con l'ausilio di animali da soma, le pietre necessarie alla sua edificazione.
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