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Chateau Gaillard, Normandy

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
This fortress was dreamed of, skillfully designed and built by the fiery Richard I of England, feudal Duke of Normandy, better known as Richard the Lionheart. Like its creator, the stronghold of Les Andelys calls to mind strength, power, invincibility. Yet, the virtually impregnable fortress would live only a few years, just like Richard, who was too confident in his talents as a warrior.

Today, Chateau Gaillard is a ruined medieval castle overlooking the River Seine. It has a complex and advanced design, and uses early principles of concentric fortification. The castle consists of three enclosures separated by dry moats, with a keep in the inner enclosure. Plan to see Chateau Gaillard and other attractions that appeal to you using our Les Andelys travel itinerary maker.
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  • The castle was built for Richard I (The Lionheart) of England when England "owned" Normandy and Brittany. The castle was built to control passage on the River Seine far below. It is a long walk up fro...  read more »
  • We climbed to Chateau Gaillard from the banks of the Seine River, it was a very hot day and we were glad to have plenty of water in our water bottles. We were lucky enough to have a very knowledgeable...  read more »
  • Nothing better than this castle to enjoy the Valley of the Seine, and a short course of heritage in this historic walk. I like to go there and enjoy the amazing view. On 14 July the Fireworks is from these heights, and it leaves very pleasant memories. In short, a good place to visit, but who wins, you have to walk, but it's so beautiful, that the effort is "worthwhile".
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  • Fantastic views. Great to see the main stronghold of the Duke of Normandy and British Crown in France. To imagine the ferocious siege that took place. The effects of what basically was a family feud between the French and French/British cousins had a staggering effect on history.
  • Nice view. Nothing extraordinary on regular days, but still worth a visit.
  • Great view but expensive when you want to go "in".
  • Definitely incredible view, it is a must see.
  • Tre bone french, french, french, it was great
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