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Chateau de Joux, La Cluse-et-Mijoux
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Experience the evolution of military architecture from the Middle Ages at Chateau de Joux. It was a stone castle, transformed later into a fort, then a state prison, and now, it is a Monument Historique. The fortress currently houses an arms museum that exhibits more than 600 rare weapons dating to the early 18th to 20th centuries, including a rare 1717 rifle. The Route Abolitions memorial allows you to retrace the routes used by black slaves to escape. The castle also has one of the deepest wells in all of Europe reaching a depth of 120 m (390 ft). Famous architect, Vauban, modernized the fort in 1690, and recent renovations keep with medieval design patterns so you can imagine what it may have looked like around 1000 CE. Put Chateau de Joux and other La Cluse-et-Mijoux attractions into our La Cluse-et-Mijoux vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited several times, with different guides and reviews and stories always Interressants place of meditation for Haitians because general Toussaint Louverture of Napoleon died there imprisoned
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  • We spent a wonderful afternoon in the fortress and its surroundings. The visit tour lasts 1 hour and our guide was simply excellent. She managed to interest my granddaughter of 5 years 1/2 Irish in addition! You do not visit only the fortress, the guide explains the history of the people who inhabited this place. The visit to the cell of Toussaint LOUVERTURE is especially moving. The surroundings are beautiful and deserve it linger. If I could get 6 *, I'll put them without hesitation. An audio-guide in English is available, and certainly in other languages also.
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  • That's twice that I'm doing the tour. It is always so good and exciting! The guided tour lasts about 1 hour. Currently, we are unable to visit the well (repairs) but I had visited him during my first visit. The castle is beautiful, with the fortifications of Vauban. The legend of Berthe de Joux is great, the exciting story of the imprisonment of Mirabeau (the guide has acted the character of Mirabeau and it was great). Finally the story of Toussaint Louverture brings an extra dimension to the visit. Very very interesting. According to the guide the visit is not the same, but it remains always so fascinating. The only problem: the stairs and time to visit for children at a young age, it's complicated! Better to go with teenagers. For rainy days, provide an umbrella as a good part of the visit is outside.
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  • Excellent castle. Interesting to hear French history
  • From the time that it went by car to the foot of the Castle without stopping! A good time guaranteed. Maintained outside (even the outdoor toilets, in addition in sufficient numbers). Departure walks out of the parking lot.
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  • very interesting tour, we discover the history of this castle and its occupants at the time, one discovers the cell of Toussaint Louverture historical figure of the revolt of the slaves and we discover the escapades of Mirabeau. Nice collection of weapons.
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  • visit only three course outside, and three cells! a guide reciting his lesson by heart, without too much motivation, part of closed arms, visit underground closed due to landslide, but all this is said after the purchase of tickets, the home could say before but good... price well educated to see that! not even a visit around the Castle, as signs and ribbons danger! I will not do any positive publicity for this site, it's a shame! You should take a leaf out of other places much more attractive and inviting, to wise. A disgruntled visitor.
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  • Guided tour really very interesting. It takes about 1 h 30 and 6-€7. The guided tour is mandatory for security reasons but it is really worth.
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