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    Le Chateau Gaillard

    by Segolily Updated Mar 28, 2013

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    After the beauty of Giverny this was our first introduction to France. And we were impressed.

    The old fortress on the cliffs above the Seine river was built to intimidate and was successful in doing so while its builder and designer, England's King Richard, lived.

    Of course it was the first thing to go after his death. France's King Philip could not accept that huge and imposing ediface refusing him passage down the Seine.

    And so almost before the fortress had been well used it was destroyed. But what an amazing ruin. What an amazing view and such a beautiful beginning to our 17 day adventure.

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    CHATEAU GAILLARD

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2012

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    As we were driving towards Led Andelys, we could see high on the hill, the ruins of some Castle. We never expected to come so close to them, and to be able to visit.

    The ruins were that of Chateau Gaillard, built between the years 1196 & 1198. This Castle was 1st called "The castle on the Rock."
    Richard the Lion Heart built this Castle as a defense to keep watch on the River Seine and to protect the city of Rouen from the French.

    The 1st siege at Chateau Gaillard was in 1203. Later, people in the Fortress were called "useless' and were left to die of starvation and cold at the foot of the Chateau as the French wouldn't let them cross their lines, and the English/Norman soldiers wouldn't let them back in the Chateau.
    In the year 1204, the Chateau became a French stronghold, but goes back and forth between the French and English until 1449 when it is French for good.
    The Castle was once a Royal residence for Louis IX and other important people, and also was a refuge for robbers, murderers, counterfeiters and "bad" people. What a combination, but they all weren't there at the same time or were they?

    Chateau Gaillard is now ruins and can be reached by car or walking from Les Andelys. The route to the Chateau has wonderful views, and nearer the Chateau, there is an excellent lookout. Stop here, have a look, and then continue onto the car-park nearer the Chateau.
    Once the car was parked, then we had to walk up a steep hill to the Chateau. The views from here are fantastic, a great place to build this Chateau. Nothing should have been missed from these sentry points.

    It is a MUST SEE if you are in the area. Chateau Gaillard was classified as Monuments Historiques in 1862 and is among the Great National Sites in France.

    OPEN......From March 15 through November 15
    Open daily except Tuesdays and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Admission: 3 euros; free for children under 10

    FREE visit of the grounds year round

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    NOTRE DAME COLLEGIATE CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Aug 24, 2011

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    This huge Church is located in Grand Andely and is built on the site of where the 1st Norman Abbey was in 511. The present church started in the 13th century and spread over a period of 500 years.
    It is built in a Gothic design and has 16th century stained glass windows and a Carved organ case dating back to 1573. The stained glass windows are beautiful!

    The Church is always open.

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    SAINT SAUVEUR'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Aug 24, 2011

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    On my Town walk, I came across the very old Saint Sauveur's Church.

    It came about, as 3000 workers were required to build the nearby Chateau-Gaillard and they had no where to worship. This church was built for them. In 1198 construction began with the Church being finished in 1202. The church has been dedicated to Our Saviour.

    The blessing Christ (13th century) is in the entrance of the church. Another point of interest, is the old pipe organ, dating back till 1674.

    It is open daily from 8am to 7pm.

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    WALKING AROUND LES ANDELYS

    by balhannah Written Aug 24, 2011

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    Les Andelys is an old historic town of 1000years old, that is begging for you to walk it.
    We stayed overnight in the Town, so we went for a lovely long & slow evening stroll.

    The Town actually has 4 proper walking trails. The tourist office has Brochure's on these.
    We did our own thing, wandering the very old streets with the quaint old homes lining them.

    What was nice, was the footpath that followed the edge of the River Seine. Benches were at intervals along the way, so we sat for a while and saw some River Barges heading towards Paris. You can take a walk along the river to St James Hospital which was rebuilt in 1780 by the Duke of Penthievre, known as "The Duke of the poor."

    This area is also known as a place of inspiration for the Impressionist painters.
    What a view, not only of the River, but of the beautiful, White chalky cliffs, it really was a nice way to spend the evening.

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    Eglise Notre Dame

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2006

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    The Eglise Notre Dame of Les Andelys started in the 13th century and spread over a period of 500 years. It was erected over the ruins of the first norman abbay founded in 511 by Queen Clotilde.
    Inside the church you can see the 16th century stained glasses, describing scenes of the Saints' lifes adn the Christ Entombment in the Sepulcher chapell.

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    Chateau Gaillard

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2006

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    But Richard died (1199) before the fortress was complete.
    The troops of Philip II of France captured it after a long siege in 1203, some 4 years after Richard's death due to one fault in the fortress. During the siege, Philip ordered a group of his men to look for a weak point in the castle. After an extensive examination, they located the disposal chute for the toilet. After ambushing several unsuspecting guards, Philip's men then brought down the drawbridge and allowed the sum of their army into the castle. The English supporters and leigonnaires, unprepared for such an encounter, were massacred in the surprise attack.
    Château-Gaillard was dismantled 400 years later under Henry IV of France, but the ruins can give you the idea how was it!

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    Chateau Gaillard

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    The Chateau Gaillard was built in less than 12 months between 1197 and 1198 by Richard I of England, to protect Rouen and Richard's duchy of Normandy from the French King Philip I.
    It was erected over a cliff and it was suddivided in two parts: the chalet was the heart of the castle and it had got five towers; instead the fort principal had got one big tower and walls all around.

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    Ch?teau Gaillard - Richard Lionheart's fortress

    by Airpunk Written Oct 11, 2005

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    Ch?teau Gaillard was the fortress of Richard Lionheart, Duke of the Normandy and King of England. It is said, that the fortress was impossible to capture, but finally people enterd through the latrines and opened the gates for the attacking troops of the King of France. The castle was built in 1196 and is now destroyed. From the ruins, you have aview onto the town of Les Andelys and on the river Seine.

    To enter the main fortress, you have to pay an entrance fee. However, you can see some of the outside areas for free. Unfortunately, I don't know the price of this fee or if it is worth to visit the main fortress. We arrived just afew minutes after closing time.

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    Chateau Gaillard

    by skywalkerbeth Written Jan 11, 2005

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    an idyllic day...

    Richard the Lionhearted (Richard, Coeur de Lyon) built this in the late 12th century. It is in a strategic location, very high above the Seine, so he could see any foe on the river below.

    This was my second visit, my first was in 1999 with my friend William. The hills surrounding it just invite a nap on a nice sunny warm day.

    http://www.casteland.com/puk/castle/hnormand/eure/cgaillard/gaillard.htm

    http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jean-francois.mangin/capetiens/fenetres_filles/chateaux_gaillard.htm

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    Richard the Lionheart castle ruins

    by aussiedoug Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    Close-up by my Nikkon Coolpix 5700

    Majestic ruins in their own right unfortunately not in better condition. Paul ex-guyParis says it has some good ghosts, but I don't think i'd like to visit in the night time!!!!!!
    Also, it is a great vantage point overlooking Les Andelys itself and the beautiful river valley which the castle ruins overlook, and once upon a time guarded.

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    Château Gaillard

    by ExGuyParis Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    Reflections of  What Used to Be

    The castle, built by Richard the Lionhearted (Duke of Normandy and King of England)over 800 years ago, is just a suggestion of its former glory. The castle is a metaphor for the complex relationship between the French and the English. It changed hands several times, via bloody battles. Over the years, the castle was dismantled, on the orders of Henri de Navarre (the future Henri IV). Finally someone realized that an important piece of history was vanishing, and the castle ceased being the source of recycled building materials.

    Most of the outter walls are gone, but you still can get the feeling of what it was like. The keep is relatively intact. When there, I like to imagine that I am stepping on a stone that Richard the Lionhearted stepped on as well.

    Walking around the castle exterior is free; for a small admission fee, you can enter the Donjon/Keep as well.

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    Landscape over the town

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2006

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    From the top of the hill where the Chateau Gaillard is located you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Seine River and the town. In the background you can see some white reefs.

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    Stroll the village of les petite Andelys

    by aussiedoug Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Gorgeous even in a light drizzle

    Have a stroll through and check out the Tudor style of architecture. We had about half an hour doing this after lunch (see my restaurant tip) and it was delightful

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