Thursday, August 01, 2013

Bill's Morning Walk to Chateau du Chatelier

The donjon at Chateau du Chatelier, built in the 12th century.

Several mornings a week Bill goes for long walks.  When he heads west from the house he passes through the small village of Paulmy and then on to Chateau du Chatelier.  Whenever one sees a large square rock building on top of a hill, you know it's a ancient donjon.
The arches are now the entrance road, but it used to be a draw bridge.

A moat completely surrounds the estate.

The back entrance arches, where the drawbridge is still used.
He crossed the front bridge, walked up a ramp between two rock walls, then entered a courtyard to finally view the front of the chateau.  There are several outbuildings; barns, stables, workers homes, and a large building called the Protestant Grange which is used for concerts.
The chateau is privately owned, but as long as you are polite and do no disturb them, you may walk around.

The new part was built in the 17th century.  Get your head around that for "new".

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