CHATEAU DE FOUGERES

FRIDAY 19th May

The Chateau de Fougeres is a castle in the commune of Fougeres in the Illegal-et-Vilaine departement of FRANCE located in Brittany in the North West of the country. The Castle was built in the 11th Century on a naturally protected site sheltered by high hills on a rocky outcrop from marshes surrounded by a loop of the Nancon River acting as a natural moat. It had three different enclosures: the first for defensive purposes, the second for day-to-day usage in peacetime and for safety of the surrounding population in times of siege and the last for the protection of the Keep. In all it has an impressive 13 towers.

Today the castle belongs to the Municipality and is one of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses. During the 20th Century, the castle was bought by the town authorities and it is now listed as an Historical Monument.  It still exists in a fine state of preservation.

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