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P9070810ac Fougères Mediaeval Castle Porte Notre-Dame11th 15th

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From wikipedia: The castle was built on a naturally protected site, a rock emerging from a swamp surrounded by a loop of the Nançon river acting as a natural moat; It had three different enclosures, first for defensive purposes, second for day to day usages in peacetime and for safety of the surrounding populations in times of siege; The last enclosure was where the keep was situated; In all it has an impressive 13 towers.
History :
The first wooden fort was built by the House of Amboise in the eleventh century; It was destroyed in 1166 after it was besieged and taken by King Henry II of England; It was immediately rebuilt by Raoul II Baron of Fougères; Fougères was not involved in the Hundred Years' War until 1449 when the castle was taken by surprise by an English mercenary; In 1488 the French troops won the castle back after a siege and the castle lost its military role; Today the castle belongs to the municipality and is one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses; France Bretagne Region Ille-et-Vilaine Department Fougères Town Mediaeval Castle.