Saint Germain Castle

Montjovet, Italy

Saint Germain castle in Montjovet played an important part in the history of Val d’Aosta. Few traces remain of its original structure and its construction date is not known for certain. At the end of the 13th century, the Savoy became the owners, replacing the Montjovet family. As already happened in Bard, in this case too, the pretext was provided by the abuse of power that Feidino Montjovet acted on villagers and wayfarers. The castle was later sold to the Challant family but returned to the Savoy in 1438, when Amadeus VII installed a garrison there, which remained active until 1661, when it was transferred to the fortress in Bard, leaving Montjovet castle open to decay.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Luca Tirnusciolo (3 months ago)
Situato a 656 m s.l.m., a picco sulla gola scavata dalla Dora Baltea, su uno sperone roccioso che in epoca romana venne definito Mons Jovis oggi costeggiato dalla Mongiovetta, tratto della Strada statale 26 della Valle d'Aosta scavato nella roccia, il castello di Saint-Germain è tra i castelli della regione più strategici, insieme al forte di Bard e al Châtel-Argent: la sua posizione permetteva facilmente di controllare e difendere il borgo posto ai piedi del mammellone roccioso e la vallata centrale della Valle d'Aosta. Situato a metà strada tra i comuni di Verrès e Saint-Vincent, in collegamento visivo con la Tour Chenal, il castello di Saint-Germain è raggiungibile solo dal lato nord del promontorio di Montjovet. Oggi è in rovina, e un cancello impedisce l'accesso all'area per pericolo di crolli.
Samuele Ermoli (4 months ago)
Beautiful and imposing castle ruin. Very fascinating to visit, even if at your own risk, it causes collapses as indicated by some signs. It should be enhanced! Now it is totally left to abandonment, after some miserable "securing". It is worth the visit, but maximum attention.
Marco Plata (4 months ago)
Abandoned and ruined castle. Too bad, because it has its own history and it would be interesting to visit it. Sign indicating collapses, but who knows ...
Finn Jeppesen (2 years ago)
It,a close
Davide Mantelli (2 years ago)
Ottimo castello per foto e video per via della sua posizione aperta e solare ma il castello, visto che è abbandonato, è pericoloso e vietato entrarci
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