Château de Penne

Penne, France

The first reference to a castle in the village of Penne dates from 825 AD and its first known señor was Geoffroi, mentioned in 1096 in documents related to Raymond, Count of Toulouse. Throughout the Middle Ages (5th to 15th centuries) the site of Penne was of military strategic importance, being situated on the borders of the provinces of Albigeois, Quercy and Rouergue, with its fortress perched atop a cliff overlooking the River Aveyron.

The castle remained in use, seeing repeated conflicts, such as the Hundred Years War(1337-1453) between England and France, and the French Wars of Religion (1562–1598) between Protestants and Roman Catholics during which it was partly destroyed. It was then abandoned for approximately 400 years.

The remains of the castle include the dungeon, the ramparts and a chapel.

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Le Village, Penne, France
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Philip Jackson (2 months ago)
Fabulous.
Juanca Wagner (3 months ago)
Top view
Shelagh Crowson (10 months ago)
Fabulous views and still in its raw state
Chris Lee (13 months ago)
Fascinating stuff, a sprawling fortress ruin in the process of being renovated, yet a much better insight into the Bastides than those chateaux still standing. Comes complete with detailed documentation in various languages on the origins, historical development and the social context of the Chateau, all within the charming old town of Penne.
Mark Oppenheim (14 months ago)
Absolutely spectacular ruined castle on a mind disturbing overhang. The castle is under gradual restoration using (largely) contemporary technology. Fortunately the workmen are allowed to use modern harness given the terrifying cliffs they are working above, but they still use stone mallets and human powered cranes (powered with giant hamster wheels). The guide book was detailed and interesting and views from the top stunning: the castle is situated so it that originally it could defend/prey-upon traffic on two rivers, one flowing on either side of the castle.
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