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French Castles & Chateaux

In France, there are so many castles that when you travel, you are literally surrounded by them. French "le chateau" for a castle may mean a medieval defense structure, a superb in size and architecture historical royal residence, an aristocratic residence which for a foreigner would be not less than a palace or just a winery building. The castles of France are today museums, hotels and wine producers seats. You will enjoy visiting each of them.

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Palace of Versailles
Château de Versailles is a French royal castle planned by Luis XIII but largely built under Louis XIV, into an amazing complex of palaces and gardens. The castle of Versailles is a major tourist destination outside of Paris.


Salses castle
Between Narbonne and Perpignan, in the French Eastern Pyrenean Mountains region, built on flat land streak close to Mediterranean Sea, Salses is a big and beautiful Spanish fortress from the 16 th Century. Today a French National Monument and a museum, the Salses castle is worthy a small detour to see.


Fitou castle
A medieval stone defensive residence is situated on the hill above the village of Fitou known for its wine appellation, in the French Eastern Pyrenean Mountains region. Today the Fitou castle houses a small museum, which might be interesting for children.


Castle Mont St Michel
Mont Saint Michel was built as a medieval castle around the chapel of the abbey of Mont St Michel. Two large towers defend the entrance to the castle.


Chateau de Ripaille
This chateau built in 1434 and restored in 1900 offers a combination of medieval architecture and new art. Group visits are welcome all year long.
Town: Thonon-les-Bains
Region: Rhone-Alpes, France
Homepage: www.ripaille.fr

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