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Chateau des Tourelles, Vernon

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The Château des Tourelles is a castle in the commune of Vernon in the Eure département of France.

The castle originated in 1196, when Philippe Auguste (Philip II of France), fighting against the king of England, Richard the Lionheart, for possession of Normandy, seized Vernon and made the town a military base.

The castle consists of a square tower surrounded by four round turrets, the whole edifice rising to a height of twenty metres.

It is one of the few castles in France which has been practically unchanged for 800 years. The property of the commune since 1955, it has been listed since 1945 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
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  • We walked around these towers on a recent visit to Vernon. Close to the mill house resting on pillars of an old bridge. The towers are around 800 years old and still in pretty good condition. Until....  more
    We walked around these towers on a recent visit to Vernon. Close to the mill house resting on pillars of an old bridge. The towers are around 800 years old and still in pretty good condition. Until....  more »
  • Those 4 Medieval towers, Next to the Old Mill, were erected to protect the medieval bridge which supported 6 water mills at that time! 
    Those 4 Medieval towers, Next to the Old Mill, were erected to protect the medieval bridge which supported 6 water mills at that time!  more »
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  • What a fun place France is--right there on the water they've got a tiny cute castle. We had lunch on a bench below and enjoyed the view. The castle itself was locked. There are fancy, self-cleaning toilets nearby that are practically worth a visit on their own.
  • Fairy tale looking castle. It's a shame that it's been left abandoned with no interior refurbishment.

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