Chateau de Creully, Creully

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The Château de Creully is an 11th- and 12th-century castle, much altered over the years, located in the town of Creully in the Calvados département of France.HistoryThe castle has been modified throughout its history. Around 1050, it did not resemble a defensive fortress but a large agricultural domain. In about 1360, with the Hundred Years War, it was modified into a fortress. During this period, its architecture was demolished and reconstructed with each occupation by the English and the French: * The square tower was built in the 14th century* A watchtower was added in the 15th century* Drawbridge in front of the keep (removed later in 16th century)* Fortification of the walls and demolition of other buildings likely to pose a danger to besieged inhabitants (stables, depots, outside kitchens). With the end of the war (1450), ownership of the castle returned to baron de Creully. It was demolished on the orders of Louis XI in 1461 through plain jealousy. According to legend, When Louis XI passed through Creully in 1471 he authorised its rebuilding to thank the local people for their warm welcome.In the 16th and 17th centuries, the barons made modifications: * Filling of the interior ditch and destruction of the drawbridge* Construction of a Renaissance style turret and large windows * Outbuildings, originally stables, added in 17th Twenty two barons of the same family had succeeded to the castle between 1035 and 1682. In 1682, the last baron of Creully, Antoine V de Sillans, heavily indebted, sold the castle to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister of Louis XIV, who died the following year without living there. Descendants of Colbert occupied Creully until the French Revolution in 1789, when it was confiscated and sold to various rich landowners.
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  • Visited this castle twice. 1st time a wedding was happening and could not visit. Returned another day. Received a great informative tour in English by a young guide. The tour was over 1and half hour.....  more »
  • Sadly not fully open but there was an art exhibition when we visited. Beautiful grounds and surroundings. . Nearby a d day trail is worth checking out.  more »
  • This chateau is lovely to look at from the outside. Tour in English interesting but very little left inside the Chateau which is now being used as a reception area so fridges and seats not what you...  more »
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  • Looks lovely, very quirky. Grounds are free to wander in but chateau closed September.
  • Very interesting, and unusual 'museum ' about the news reports from the Overlord landings. Who knew that this was the first place to get 'news' reports out!!
  • I love this place...full of history and heroism
  • A lot of history in a relative small place! Don't forget to see the movie in the Radio Museum!
  • The Castle itself is not to much to look at, but the BBC museum is worth a look

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