Situated on a hill overlooking the valley of Thiele, the Champvent castle of is on of the best preserved medieval castles in Vaud canton. It was probably built around 1250 by Henri de Grandson. His family occupied the castle until 1336. The castle and the lordship then passed in Burgundy until 1476 when it was burned after the Battle of Grandson (in Burgundian Wars). Champvent castle was rebuilt after 1536 and became a private property.

The construction plan derives its origin from Byzantine architecture and undoubtedly became to the Western Europe at the time of the crusades. Today castle is a rectangular building flanked by round towers.

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Founded: c. 1250
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