What do you think when you see a castle? A beautiful and remarkable architecture of castle is spreading around Europe and France is one of the country with the collection of stunning castles. However, what many people don’t realize is, no matter how beautiful a castle is, each of them has a dark history in the past since many castle has double function as residence of the royal as well as the fort and the castle’s yard once used as battlefield of many medieval wars in Europe. Are you ready to explore the stunning historical castles of France? Below is the recommendation.
Aside from the beauty of the castle, nothing romantic and happily ever after story about Mont Saint-Michel. Since ancient time this castle has been well known as fortress and due to its secure location, French monarchy in 15th century was using the castle as prison. However, now this castle is becoming one of the best attractions in France.
Chateau de Chambord
Today this Chateau de Chambord is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its stunning design of Renaissance architecture. There is no battlefield happened in this castle but during the Second World War, this chateau was used as the place to relocate some Louvre’s important collections including the Mona Lisa.
Carcassonne is located in the top of the hill in one of the medieval town in France. This castle is the silent witness when Albigensian Crusade happened in 13th Century due to its tolerance of diversity. Furthermore, history also stated that this beautiful castle which region located in the frontier location between Spain and France contributed in long-lasting peace to the both country.
Could you ever imagine of living in a castle? Today, there are a lot of castles have been left by the original family who once lived inside but Roquetaillade is the exception. Until now, this castle is still the residence of a family who have been living in this castle since 700 years ago. However, they will happily welcome you who are interested to the unique architecture.
Fort de Joux
This Fort was constructed in 11th Century as a fort and today, Fort de Joux is a museum where you will find a wide and impressive collection of war instruments which is utterly rare and unique. However, this castle or fort was used as border fort 1454 and then between 17th and 19th century the function of the fort is changed into a prison due to its secure location in the middle of the wood.
This castle has typical design of mansion from Renaissance era. If you are looking at the conical shape of roof, you will be wondering whether Gandalf is living nearby? Initially this castle was built as a fortress of Indrois river but then in 19th century was bought by a noble family from Poland and since then the castle is becoming a residence.
Palace of Fontainebleau
Believe it or not this palace has more than 1,500 rooms (if you don’t believe it you could count the room yourself). This Palace is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the southeast of Paris. From 12th – 19th Century, this Palace is the royal residences of King of France so surely there are a lot of historical events were taking place in this beautiful palace.
Don’t fall easily to the beauty of a castle because without learning its past history you would never know that there are a long and (probably) painful events behind those thick walls. However, learning about those historical castles of France will open your mind that even something with a dark past could appear beautifully in the end.