Chateau de Clisson, Clisson

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The Château de Clisson is a castle in the commune of Clisson in the Loire-Atlantique département of France. It stands on the right bank of the Sèvre Nantaise.HistoryWithin then independent Brittany, the castle, situated at a crossroads for Anjou and Poitou, was one of the great fortified places on the frontiers of the Duchy of BrittanyThe first Lords of Clisson occupied the site from the 11th century. They are mentioned for the first time in 1040. Clisson was then the seat of a powerful châtellenie covering 23 parishes.Most of the present castle was built in the 13th century. Constructed by Guillaume de Clisson, on a rocky outcrop dominating the Sèvre Nantaise, its form at that time was an irregular polygon flanked by round towers and isolated from the rocky plateau by a shallow moat. In the 14th century, Olivier III de Clisson incorporated the gatehouse into a massive quadrilangular keep. The two semicircular towers of the gatehouse collapsed in the 17th century. The castle became the setting for the turbulent lives of Olivier IV de Clisson and Olivier V de Clisson, named Constable of France in succession to Du Guesclin in 1380. The castle is said to be haunted by Jeanne de Clisson wife of Olivier IV.
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  • My French friend and I decided to visit the Château de Clisson late in the afternoon whilst we were staying at the picturesque town of Clisson on La Sèvre Nantaise. This area is famous for its...  more »
  • Stopped here on way from Nantes via Cholet to the historical Puy du Fou theme park in the Vendee region in Western France. Free Parking nearby, Chateau de Clisson (part castle/ part chateau) has...  more »
  • A wonderful place to explore around the area of the castle. Spectacular views,and a fun way to spend the afternoon.
  • Nice ruin with a lot of history behind. A good guide, as it was our case, makes the difference.

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