An impregnable fortress
Over the course of its history, the Château de Clisson has been known as an impregnable fortress, ducal residence and Romantic ruin.
The château boasts a strategic position, at the southern entrance to the Duchy of Brittany and offered protection to the city of Nantes.
The original wooden structure, erected in the 11th century, was replaced by a stone-walled castle in the 12th century, with increasingly elaborate defensive structures. The château was a fortified castle and a lord’s residence, then a ducal residence. The fortified castle was neglected by its owners during the second half of the 17th century before being burnt down by Republican troops in 1793. The castle ruins inspired François-Frédéric Lemot who purchased them in 1807. The castle was classed a historical monument in 1924 and the site was bought from the Lemot family, by the Département de Loire-Atlantique in 1962.
Discover the Château de Clisson down through the centuries with these maps dating from 1850 on the following website: vuduciel.loire-atlantique.fr !
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