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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Gianluca Talento (2 months ago)
The castle of Châtelard also known as the Tower of Châtelard or more simply Châtelard would be wonderful to be able to visit it also as ruins for the historical significance that its walls have. It is a private property and cannot be visited. For many years, when I pass over there, I observe and photograph it and observe it for its particular charm. We hope that sooner or later we can see it up close or from inside in all its glory
tiziana pellissier (3 months ago)
Suggestivo,ma non si può visitare ed è tutto recintato
Simone Nerviani (16 months ago)
Built in the 12th century, Château de Châtelard changed several properties and was almost completely destroyed by French revolutionary troops in 1793. Today it is private and public access is not allowed. Only ruins remain of the original castle. The tower is well preserved, while the walls and the rest of the buildings have been destroyed. It enjoys a spectacular view of the valley thanks to its raised position.
Michele Giordano (17 months ago)
Very nice place with spectacular views of the Valdigne. To get to the castle I took a path that starts from the Villair di Morgex, and in about 40 minutes takes you to your destination, passing through pastures, meadows, cows and horses. It is a pity that Chatelard Castle, with its 18-meter tower, is in a state of total abandonment. It would deserve careful restoration for its historical value and for the construction that has been part of this mountain context for hundreds of years. Unfortunately it cannot be visited. Such a pity.
Simon Whitelock (2 years ago)
Lovely little place we came across in Italy. Great views and scenery along with some ancient ruins
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