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Chateau de La Roche, Saint-Priest-la-Roche
Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
The Château de La Roche is a restored castle situated in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Roche in the Loire département of France, 20 km from Roanne. The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam.HistoryThe earliest written records of the castle date from 1260. It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. The fortress allowed a watch to be kept and tolls to be collected for the County of Forez border. The building suffered floods from the Loire more often than attacks from enemies.In the 17th century, because of repetitive floods, the castle lost its attraction, resembling more and more a fortified house that would become a ruin in later centuries. At the end of the 1900s, an industrilaist from Roanne bought the castle and restored it in the Gothic style, intending it as a second home.During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. The structure degraded very quickly and was subject to numerous acts of vandalism. It was finally bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune.During the construction of the dam in 1984, the château was the only building spared by the waters. It is now situated on an island. In 1996, it was entirely restored and the side facing the water was remodelled to permit access throughout the year.Use our Saint-Priest-la-Roche trip generator to visit Chateau de La Roche on your trip to Saint-Priest-la-Roche, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Pendant notre séjour au domaine des Grands Cèdres, nous avons été visitez le Château de la Roche, visite choisi en audio guide pour nous et ce fut super, vraiment très enrichissant et intéressant. Cad... read more »We were during our stay in the field of the great Cedars, visit the castle of the rock, chosen in audio tour guide for us and it was great, really very rewarding and interesting. Great and beautiful setting. No complaints, very good reception of the team and very good explanation.show original
Un petit château de conte de fée, posé tel un bijou sur l'eau ! Très beau panorama et surtout ne pas oublier de se rendre au belvédère du "Pêt d'Ane", situé à proximité, sur la commune de Dancé, lieu ... read more »A small fairy tale Castle, placed like a jewel on the water! Very beautiful view and above all do not forget to go to the belvedere of the "Pêt of the donkey", located nearby, in the commune of Dance, place to be, with a breathtaking view on one most beautiful meanders of the Loire. Parking and picnic tables, nearby.show original
Magnifique endroit à l'extérieur. Pour l'intérieur, on regrettera l'absence de mobilier (remplacé par des photos) ce qui gâche la visite. Heureusement, il y a Marie Caroline !!!Beautiful place outside. For the Interior, we regret the absence of furniture (replaced by pictures) which spoil the visit. Fortunately, there are Marie Caroline!show original
Jean-claude Monteardvery nice tour not to be missed! the site is beautiful and unique, l ' history is told, played with video projections and an artist guide of outstanding quality! worthy of ' actress everything first! You come out as well as ' after a good playshow original
Isabelle petit-jeanvery nice place! I recommend the theatrical tour! for all audiences in more accessible to PRMS.show original
Jerome JACQUEMONDWe opted for the tour and we were not disappointed. The visit was very interesting and even our young children followed religiously the very clear explanations of our guide. Some videos are well made. A counselor.show original
Adri PhilipponVery pretty castle on the Loire. A visit is possible but it is not very big.show original
Viviane almeidaVery nice Castle, two small welcoming ladies! The view of the loire is magnificent!!!!show original
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