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Chateau de Tournoel, Volvic

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The Château de Tournoël is a medieval fortified castle partly in ruins in the commune of Volvic, in the Puy-de-Dôme département of France. The castle is located on a rocky mountain spur at an altitude of 594 m in the foothills of the Puy de la Bannière which dominates the Limagne plains (about an altitude of 350 m near the level of Riom).Strategic goalThe castle, by dominating the Limagne plains, watched over the surroundings of the “bonne ville” of Riom which was the commercial and legal capital city of the Basse-Auvergne, and the royal Mozac Abbey. Therefore, Tournoël was, within a radius of 5 km, a seigniorial anti-establishment in this group of three consular, royal and religious powers.Its isolation on this volcanic overhang also ensured a better safety in case of withdrawal. Moreover, the castle was known to be “unassailable” or “impregnable, defended on the outside by extremely high slopes, very deep valleys, multiple towers and walls, filled with armed men and supplies” as described by William the Breton at the beginning of the 13th century.HistoryBertrand of TournoëlThe castle’s early background is unknown because no document exists before the 11th century. The first documented owner of Tournoël dates back to between 1076 and 1096 and is in a document kept in the regional archives of the Puy-de-Dôme. In this certificate, Bertrannus (Bertrand in French), Lord of “Tournoile” (toponym at that time), had taken the church of Cébazat that he gave back to the cathedral chapter of Clermont.
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  • We had a good time visiting the castle. The tour lasted about an hour and was very interesting, even for people like us who don't know much nor have a great interest in medieval history. It wasn't exp...  more »
  • It is worth the visit. Good speaker and typical middle age castle with some very interesting rooms. The castle is very impressive  more »
  • Nice castle. Worth the visit. Good view on the hill top. A bit over restaurated however and a pity you cannot access the main tower, as the steps inside are unsafe.  more »
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  • Amazing view, pretty château. You have to take a guided tour which is 8 euros for adults and 3 for children or students.
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  • Magnificent view once at the top. Too bad the Castle wasn't open.
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  • Great view! The small village is very nice.
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  • the ruins of the Castle visited with a guide a few years ago, a place to discover.
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