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Pons - Donjon

Pons - Donjon 

Late afternoon in Pons, where a settlement existed on the banks of the river Seugne already in pre-Roman times. The Romans had a "castrum" here and may have built a bridge = pons crossing the river.

Centuries later, after Visigoths and Vandals had looted the area, the importance grew. Geoffroy III de Pons, a vasall of Richard Lionheart, fortified the town and erected this impressive donjon in 1187, that got a bit "remodeled" in the early 20th century. It is 33 meters high!

Only this donjon is left from the medieval castle, that got destroyed by Louis XIII´s troops in 1622. Later the chateau seen left was built, now housing the "mairie", the mayor´s office.

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Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Quel magnifique donjon !
5 years ago.
Gareth L Evans
Gareth L Evans
wonderful Martin
4 years ago.