Chateau de Tournoel, Volvic

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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  • Very nice view around the monument and its unusual Castle architecture. To do during a stage on volvic.
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  • Worthy of the castles of fairy tales, a stunning architectural feat, furnished as in the middle ages, Bravo!
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  • The Castle proudly dominates the town of Volvic and the Limagne plain... Well worth a visit, especially if you have the chance to meet the owner! Very nice restoration. Large and small keep an excellent memory of the visit.
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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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  • We love a walk on the heights of Volvic, is very nice and quiet. There are superb views of the Limagne plain.
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  • Very nice place. Small easy hike with nice view.
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  • Place saw in the fog on 25 December 2017, so no view and not visit if tempted we can do ^^ but magic still! A small path goes to the st Pierre (Volvic), borrowed half sources as night fell, also to explore because very nice area
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