La Roche-en-Ardenne Castle

La Roche-en-Ardenne, France

La Roche-en-Ardenne Castle ruins lie on a rocky outcrop dominating the green valley which is nestled in a loop formed by the river Ourthe and the steep sides of the Deistermountain. The ruins, dating back to the 11th century, look gloomy but impressive, emphasized by the roughly piled slate walls.

From the 12th century on the castle took a strategic place in the development and defence of trade and it got to be a halting place in the trading route of English wool to Lombardia in present Italy.

The castle was conquered by the French in 1681 who rebuilt the castle so that it could withstand the new artillery.

La Roche-en-Ardenne Castle was inhabited until 1780 when it was abandoned. It quickly fell to ruin when in the 19th century it was stripped of all useful materials by the villagers of La Roche.

In 1903 during superficial excavations, inside the castle walls, pieces of polished flint, a whetstone and several shards of prehistoric pottery were discovered. Also, in 1954 a Roman coin minted in the 4th century was found. In 1995 more serious excavation works started. Proof was found that the castle site once housed a Celtic oppidum and a Roman fort.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Aurelian Lehadus (19 months ago)
Very nice place to visit
Belinda Mekisich (22 months ago)
Beautiful castle. Was a little disappointed that there were no shows when we went, as shown on their website. But nevertheless still an amazing place to visit and you get to see the whole city from the " watchtower " in the castle so totally worthwhile.
Claire Lerp (22 months ago)
Beautiful building. Spectacular at night lighted up.
Tom D'Roza (2 years ago)
A good way to spend an hour or two (unlikely to take all day). The kids enjoyed the falconry demonstration. The parents enjoyed the bar in one of the castle rooms. Good voters of the surrounding area too.
Peter Dolezel (2 years ago)
Nice place for short visit. Interesting ruins of a small castle. Good panoramic views. Lot of restaurants. Swimming or Kayaking in the river. After 11am tricky parking. Today was there lot of motorcycles ☹️
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