Bayonne, France

The Château-Vieux ('Old castle') in Bayonne is built on the site of an ancient Roman castrum which housed the garrison and administration of the region. From the end of the 11th century the viscounts of Labourd built the fortress based on three existing Roman towers strengthened. The castle was refortified in the 17th century by Vauban plans.


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


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Guillermo R (2 years ago)
It cannot be visited. Military area. The exterior is nice.
Francisco Ramirez (3 years ago)
An old castle, good preserved
brian woo (4 years ago)
Not much to see here
Claudia Teixeira (4 years ago)
A Siegel (4 years ago)
In all seriousness, a major disappointment ... the Chateaux Vieux should not be on a 'top X' list of things to see/do in Bayonne. 1. It is somewhat messy around in terms of renovation / etc because ... 2. It is an active military establishment (an officers' mess) and there is no visiting and prohibitions against getting too close to it. Interesting, perhaps, to see but considering everything else there, low on the totem pole. Too bad that it is an officers' mess rather than something (the large number of) tourists (and locals) could visit.
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