Château de Tourrette-Levens

Tourrette-Levens, France

The modest-sized castle Château de Tourrette-Levens dates back to the 12th century. It overlooks the ancient 'salt road'. The castle was buily by Raymond Chabaud whose family owned the estate until 1684. The castle was one of the finest in the region with six towers. Only one tower survives. Today it hosts a museum devoted to entomology.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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EL Bozco (3 years ago)
Not words to exprime this place. You need to go. Eat in the pizzeria. Mama Mia.
EL Bozco (3 years ago)
Not words to exprime this place. You need to go. Eat in the pizzeria. Mama Mia.
H G (3 years ago)
Perfect for little boys who love their creepy crawlies . Lots of insects
H G (3 years ago)
Perfect for little boys who love their creepy crawlies . Lots of insects ? to look at. ( thankfully not live ones) Entrance is free, amazing observation deck as well. Keep in mind it’s not wheel chair nor stroller accessible . There are a lot of flight of stairs as well as quite a steep walk up hill. Wear proper trainers ?.
Fabienne Aucun (3 years ago)
Joli château, belle balade et beau point de vue sur la mer et le village. En plus vois avez le musée de la préhistoire, des papillons et des outils anciens
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