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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Gianluca Talento (14 months ago)
The castle is wonderful, but it is temporarily closed. For a few centuries reduced to ruins, now owned by the Valle d'Aosta region. A nice restoration would be useful and the safety of such fascinating beauties full of history would be useful. Sometimes, without taking anything away from anyone, the "lesser" castles have much more to tell than the more famous "older brothers". Locals say that someone climbs to visit what's left: it is not recommended, but if you really don't want to do without it, watch where you put your feet and look under your head.
paolone39 (14 months ago)
Too bad it is poorly maintained .. The view is breathtaking!
Marco (14 months ago)
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Luca Tirnusciolo (2 years 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.
Luca Tirnusciolo (2 years ago)
Located at 656 m asl, overlooking the gorge carved by the Dora Baltea, on a rocky spur that in Roman times was called Mons Jovis today flanked by the Mongiovetta, a stretch of the Valle d'Aosta state road carved into the rock, the castle of Saint -Germain is among the most strategic castles in the region, together with the Bard fort and the Châtel-Argent: its position made it easy to control and defend the village at the foot of the rocky mammellone and the central valley of the Aosta Valley. Located halfway between the municipalities of Verrès and Saint-Vincent, in visual connection with the Tour Chenal, the castle of Saint-Germain can only be reached from the north side of the Montjovet promontory. Today it is in ruins, and a gate prevents access to the area due to the danger of collapsing.
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