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    FOUGERES CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    WOW! This Castle has impressive walls is what I thought when I first saw it.

    The castle is Europe's largest fortress.

    The castle was first built just after 1000 AD in this part of the Nançon river valley to defend the frontiers of Brittany from Norman invasion. The castle was built on a rocky headland emerging from a marsh, sheltered by hills, and had a moat surrounding it.

    It was the first, 11th century feudal keep and it was built in wood.
    With 13 towers and enclosing five acres, it was situated where the borders of three separate kingdoms met. It was a major & favourable trading post, but how ever, because of this, the Castle was attacked and destroyed several times. The whole town was completely destroyed by an English army under King Henry II in 1166.

    The oldest parts are from the 12th century. Destroyed during the 12th century, the fortification was immediately rebuilt in stone on the original site. Over the next 400years, it was continually being improved. The walls are unbelievably thick -10 foot thick! They are thought to be the most masssive in Europe!
    This is a true Castle in my eyes!

    Open October – March (Except January) 10 a.m. – midday & 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    1st April – 15th June 9:30 a.m. – midday & 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    15th June – 15th September 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    CIRCUITS...............
    1] Is within the forts three towers, each representing a different era.
    2] Explores the exterior of the fort.

    Free audio guides are available along with special children's audio guides. Escorted guided tours can also be booked.

    Facilities include parking and toilets.

    OPEN.....

    May, June and September
    Open 10.00am shut 1.00pm and open 2.00pm shut 7.00pm - everyday apart from Monday

    July and August
    Open 10,00am shut 7.00pm - daily

    October, November, December, February, March and April
    Open 10.00am shut 12.30pm and open 2.00pm shut 5.30pm - everyday apart from Monday

    ADMISSION IN 2011
    Adults 7,50 €
    Children (6 years +) 4,50 €

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    VIEWS FROM CHURCH OF ST. LEONARD

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    A MUST DO, when visiting the Church, is to wander around the back to where the balustrades are.

    From here, there are fantastic views over the old part of the city and the gardens.
    You can see the Castle and all the ramparts from here.

    Pity I was facing the sun, the photo's aren't the best.

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    VAL NANCON GARDENS & CITY PARK

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    The public gardens

    From the Place aux abres which is a public garden giving a terrific view of the castle of Fougeres and the medieval town way down below the gardens, there is a footpath which starts here and goes down to the medieval quarter below. The cliff has been terraced and gardened along the way and so it is a lovely walk to do.
    Along the way is a sculpture symbolizing peace and understanding between cultures of the world.
    The terraced public gardens are very nicely laid out and are a place to sit and enjoy the wonderful views of the medieval part of the town and the Castle.

    Walk down the hill is best for the unfit and elderly!

    My photo isn't much because of looking directly into the sun.

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    CHURCH OF ST. LEONARD

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    High on the hill is the Church of Saint Leonard, the second oldest Church in Fougeres. It has been modified many times between the 12th and the 17th centuries, including being enlarged in the 19th century.
    The northern facade is decorated with balustrades and wonderful gargoyles, so don't forget to look up, I'm glad I did! The church belfry which was built in 1397 is only open in high season when it can be visited.

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    TROMPE L'OEIL [Optical Illusion]

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    TROMPE L'OEIL

    What an amazing sight was coming around a round-about at the bottom of Rue du Tribunal and seeing this giantic mural on the side of the building. It was so life like!

    The mural shows the architecture of Fougeres, including the glass roofs in place Jean Guehenno, the half-timbered house with a porch can be seen in reality in rue Nationale, the decoration on the fountain was copied from the decoration of one of the windows of the town hall, the landscape at the top of the scene is taken from a painting by 'manuel de la Villeon.
    Very well done, and looks real!

    There are more of these around Fougeres, the tourist office can tell you where, or check out the map website

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    STATUE OF GENERAL de le RIBOISIERE

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    Statue of General de le Riboisiere

    The Statue of General de le Riboisiere (1759-1812) was of interest, because would you believe, THE ORIGINAL STATUE WAS MELTED DOWN IN 1942 TO BUILD CANONS!
    In 1999, they found the original plaster mould and a new statue was made and returned to its original site.
    He was born in Fougeres and was a General for Napoleon.

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    ST. SULPICE CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    This is an old Church, actually Fougeres 1st parish. It was built in gothic style in the 14th & 15th centuries, with the nice wooden chancel being added around the 16th - 18th centuries. Of importance here, was the discovery of the lost statue of Notre Dame des Marais [Our Lady of the Marshes]
    The Church of Saint Sulpice has the statue and during the first week-end of October, the Pardon de Notre-Dame des Marais is held.
    Inside are really beautiful stained glass windows which are in a travelogue. The inside is beautiful as well. The granite altar pieces stand out, so do the windows and the old ceiling, it was well worth a visit.

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    NOTRE DAME GATE

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    There used to be four city gates that led into the City of Fougeres. Now, only one is left, and that is the Notre Dame Gate. It looks very sturdy like it will be around for a long time.
    Pedestrian's have a walk through area, and only one Car can pass through the gate at a time.

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    Chateau de Fougères

    by Carmanah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chateau de Foug��res - the moat inside the walls

    When I first went to France, I spent about three days in the town of Fougères in Brittany. Like most French towns, Fougères has a medieval past, and many architectural structures still exist from this age. The Chateau de Fougères is just one of these remnants from the medieval times. Located in the heart of Fougères, you can tour the castle at your leisure or take a guided tour.

    The castle has been standing for over 1000 years. Initially it stood along the main travelling routes that led to independent Normandy, Brittany and France. As a result, the castle faced many attacks through its history.

    What's unique about Chateau de Fougères is that its defences were adapted and improved throughout a period of four hundred years. Because of this pastiche, you can read its military architecture like a history book, following the different styles through the centuries.

    My favourite memory of the castle was standing on top of its walls. As we all know, castles are normally surrounded by an exterior defensive wall so that guards and soldiers could survey the surrounding countryscape in case of invasion or attack. Nowadays these walls provide beautiful scenic panoramic views of Fougères.

    Le Chateau de Fougères is a relatively tiny castle when compared to other French castles, however, if you're planning to visit Britanny, it's definitely worth a visit.

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    Office de Tourisme

    by grayfo Written Feb 19, 2011

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    Tourist Office that welcomes over 35,000 visitors per year that is a good source of maps and tourist information. Also available for sale within the office are the usual postcards, guides and books, gift ideas, regional specialities and local arts and crafts.

    November to Easter
    Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
    Monday: 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

    Easter to October
    Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

    Mid-June to Mid-September
    Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
    Sunday: 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

    email infos@ot-fougeres.fr

    July 1990

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    See the Church of St.-Sulpice

    by hquittner Written Nov 4, 2007

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    St. Sulpice Church

    If you have time to see the old town (we did not), start by walking across the river tand in the valley is the church of St.-Sulpice start in 1410 and completed over 200 years later. There is a carving of the fairy Melusine on the South doorway (bot the side we could see from the Raoul Tower of the Castle in this picture).

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    There are Many Towers to See and Ascend

    by hquittner Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Melusine and Gobelin Towers
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    There is a total of 13 Towers. The most prominent are at the rear backing up an area where the keep once stood. The one on the left is the Melusine Tower,extremely large, so named because the builders the Lusignan family claimed to be descendents of that mythical fairy. Other pictures show the southern towers which have platforms for gun emplacements. The tower in the north inside corner (Coigny) has been much altered in later years to house a chapel.

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    Visit the Medieval Castle

    by hquittner Written Nov 4, 2007

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    The Inner Court (toward the Entry Gate-East)
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    The structure today was started after the destruction of the primitive original in 1166. It is a mederately large space as seen from the inside looking toward the entrance towers and sets of obstructive bridges and moats. The large inner courtyard has grown up over the centuries to be like a park with some large trees and shrubbery. The inside of the entry (La-Haye -St. Hilaire Tower and others) prepares you for this inside view. There follows a long rampart wall extending along the north side leading past a small tower (Guibe-13C) and what was once a postern gate. It isnow time to look at more towers

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    Medieval Castle

    by sue_stone Written Jul 26, 2006

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    The main attraction in Fougeres is the impressive medieval castle, sitting proudly in the lower town. The castle is in great condition and is a must see if you are in the area.

    You enter the castle via the moat bridge, walk through the forecourt and then through to the area where everyday life was carried out, except in times of war when the townspeople took refuge here.

    The castle has well maintained ramparts that you can walk around, and 5 towers dating back from the 12th to the 14th centuries, that you can explore. From the top of the towers there are great views over the medieval streets of the lower town.

    Open every day from 1 February to 31 December. In June 2006, entrance cost 4.80 euro per adult.

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    Eglise St-Leonard & Eglise St-Sulpice

    by sue_stone Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Besides the lovely medieval castle, Fougeres is also home to two large churches.

    Eglise St-Leonard sits up on a hill, looking over the medieval castle and lower town. The church went through lots of modifications between the 12th & 17th centuries, with further enlargements during the 19th century.

    It has a rose window over the entrance door which is a copy of the one found in Eglise St-Chapelle in Paris. We stuck our head in for a look around before heading down to the castle.

    Located in the lower town, not far from the castle is Eglise St-Sulpice. The church is not as impressive looking as the Eglise St-Leonard, but does have a great spire. The church was constructed between the 13th & 18th centuries. Inside there is some lovely wooden panelling and some magnificent granite reredoses.

    You get a good view over Eglise St-Sulpice from the castle walls.

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