Les Clées Castle

Les Clées, Switzerland

Chateau des Clées is located above the village. Built probably in the 11th century, it guarded the traffic through the Jougne Pass and collected tolls on the pass road. Les Clées is first mentioned in 1134 when Pope Innocent II tried in vain to prohibit the reconstruction of the castle. 

The chapel of Les Clées was built before the 14th century and rebuilt in 1738-1740.

In 1444 the Duke Louis I of Savoy commissioned the renovations of the walls. During the Burgundian War, on 22 October 1475, Swiss Confederation troops seized and destroyed the city and castle and killed the castle garrison. Under Bernese rule there were three courts in the Les Clées district, one of which was held in the city. Nevertheless, the city gradually lost importance.

Today Les Clées Castle with the surrounding ruins and village is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.


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


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Анастасия Николаенко (9 months ago)
Good place, you can visit, it has a beautiful view of the city, the river and the bridge
Christine Marr (2 years ago)
Beautiful park that is allowed to visit, although it and the buildings around it are privately owned. If you're lucky, you'll meet a creature from the past✨️?
Jean Henri Weisen (3 years ago)
Private caste with free public access to the garden. A haven of peace! No access by car, you need to park in the village. There is a pleasant little restaurant with a secluded terrace at the foot of the castle hill.
Nuno Martins (3 years ago)
Local privado, mas com possibilidade de passear nos seus jardins. Maravilhoso
Paul o (4 years ago)
Green paradise that breathes on an imposing hill covered with moss
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