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Les Tours de Merle, Saint-Geniez-o-Merle

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The Tours de Merle are the ruins of a castle in the commune of Saint-Geniez-ô-Merle, in the Corrèze département of France. A feudal fortress from the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, which was subject of a classification as a historic monument since July 30, 1927.In the fourteenth century, Merle included seven castles, two chapels and village, owned by seven noblemen from Merles.During the Hundred Years' War, the English took one of the towers and a castle in 1371.In 1574 the Calvinists took the citadel, where they established a garrison, they were driven out two years later by the co-lords. But the fortress was abandoned by those who preferred to live in places that were more pleasant and certainly more accessible.
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  • A castle in ruins but with a charm you come from nowhere and the magnificent view in the middle of nowhere
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  • I take an English friend who did not know the area. "She fell under the spell of this castle, although in ruins, but which gives off an" I don't know what "mysterious and Grand. The visit is not easy and it takes a good pair of shoes .but when you arrive at the top of the tower... beautiful! After the visit take the time on the road to stop and admire the ruins in the wild landscape, and imagine these bandits or this cruel account.. .and go for a trip in time...
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  • Worth: wonder in a superb site go off peak times (early morning or evening) to enjoy almost site only
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  • Really beautiful scenery and interesting history, but a bit difficult to navigate with a young child. (Lots of steep, slippery stone steps and not many hand rails.) Would recommend whole-heartedly for adults and older children.
  • Interesting castle ruin.
  • A site of more exciting to do at least once :) The view is superb, the towers are really very high and can make dizzy once at the top. The proposed activities are interesting (archery, gold) but limited in time. On the other hand, provide something to drink and a good pair of shoes!
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  • Castle ruins situated and well to get good insight of the middle ages. Ruines magnifiquement situé pour se rendre à entrevoir le Moyen age.
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  • The site is very interesting and impressive. Very recommended visit, need good shoes!
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