Rue castle was built originally in the 12th century (the keep with three storeys), but the other buildings were destroyed in the 1230s. Peter II of Savoy rebuilt the castle between 1260-1268, but it was again destroyed in 1476 in the Burgundian Wars. The current residence dates from 1619-1763.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Claudo Rolaz (2 years ago)
Ne suis pas été le visité
Florent Massoutié (2 years ago)
Exceptionnel
Alain Puthod (3 years ago)
Joli à revoir
Jobé Robert (3 years ago)
Le beau Canton de Fribourg a de beaux endroits et lieux historiques à visiter : Rue ( FR ) la plus petite ville d'Europe mérite qu"on s'y arrête ! A 12 km de Romont ( FR ), en passant par Siviriez, Esmonts, Ursy, on arrive à Rue ( FR ) qui est en pleine campagne verdoyante ! Tout de suite, avant d'entrer dans la cité médiévale, j'ai pris le chemin du Château de Rue qui date du Moyen-Age ! Bien que " privé " je me suis permis de le photographier sous tous ses angles ( voir sous le site du bel Hôtel de Ville de Rue ( FR ) dont les restaurateurs, Mr et Mme Espinosa m'ont offerte la brochure historique avec le titre :" Rue : De la Villette savoyarde à la Commune fribourgeoise " que j'ai commencée à lire ! ) Au revoir et à bientôt !
Allan Resin (3 years ago)
Très beau château
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