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Chateau de Dourdan, Dourdan

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The Château de Dourdan is a castle in the town of Dourdan in the Essonne department of France.
The fortification is characteristic of the military architecture of this period. It is built on a square pattern, with towers at three of the corners and an isolated donjon at the fourth. The walls are punctuated by towers in the middle of each side, and two, on the east side, flank the gatehouse. A deep stone-lined dry moat follows the outline of the castle.
The donjon, the major defensive component of the castle, measures approximately 30 metres in height and 13.6 metres in diameter. It is the typical of the donjons being built by King Philip II Augustus of France at this time, like at Rouen and other French nobility throughout the 13th century.
The conception of the geometric pattern and isolated donjon was similar to that of the castle of the Louvre. A near identical castle is found at Seringes-et-Nesles, department of Aisne in northern France.
The principle of the isolated keep was also employed at Flint Castle in Wales, a fortification begun by a Gascon master mason in the late 13th Century.
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  • Dourdan castle was erected between 1220 and 1222 by the French king Philippe Auguste. During the Wars of Religion the stronghold was held by the catholic faction. After a fierce siege it was taken... 
    Dourdan castle was erected between 1220 and 1222 by the French king Philippe Auguste. During the Wars of Religion the stronghold was held by the catholic faction. After a fierce siege it was taken...  more »
  • I came to Dourdan with the intention of visiting the Chateau. Given that it's built in the Middle Ages, it's a pretty well preserved piece of history. One can stroll into the courtyard of the Chateau....  more
    I came to Dourdan with the intention of visiting the Chateau. Given that it's built in the Middle Ages, it's a pretty well preserved piece of history. One can stroll into the courtyard of the Chateau....  more »
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  • Amazing 😍 Everything was so well conserved, the history was wonderful. I really fell in love
  • Great castle. A pity, that the museum was closed and we could not see the exhibition.

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