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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 350 m altitude above the level of Riom).The Château de Tournoël is privately owned and has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1889.Strategic locationThe 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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  • Wonderful visit with friends and family very good family spirit, don't change anything we will see you!
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  • Beautiful and must-have because it is indoors restored by its owner. The work is impressive the visit from one room to the other allows you to delve into this time. And finally the owner must provide you a few items to be genuine passion, enjoy in it's unique!
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  • Guide to the castle of Chazeron, it was obvious for me to (re) visit the one in Tournoel (I came once while he was in ruins in 1997 let me tell you that it changed a lot). The owner of the premises has been able to highlight the architecture (vaults, wall paintings) while saving a piece of our heritage from Auvergne. Rooms are furnished with great taste and are consistent with the period of the Castle. The tour is very interesting but sometimes resembles a presentation on daily life in the middle ages (very interesting by the way). It would be interesting to include more elements on the history of the Castle (permitting documentation of course!). Very good luck to you!
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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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