Château-Vieux

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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4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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A Google User (4 months ago)
Beau. Bien entretenu par le 1er RÉGIMENT PARACHUTISTE D' INFANTERIE DE MARINE
A Google User (5 months ago)
Un beau temps et un beau vieux Bayonne. La ville est bien aménagée, tout au moins du point de vue «piétonnier». Ce sera parfait pour les vacances!...
A Google User (5 months ago)
Nous avons été très bien reçus lors de la cérémonie de Camerone à Bayonne, très bon repas cadre historique
A Google User (5 months ago)
Un château bien entretenue avec une nouvelle place toute neuve, un bout de l'histoire de Bayonne encore debout.
A Google User (6 months ago)
Vieille pierre, propriétaire sympathique ;), lieu accessible pendant les fêtes de Bayonne et très agréable pour siroter un verre et écouter de la bonne musique sans se faire piétiner...
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