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Ho visitato vari castelli tutti molto belli e ben curati in più la guida da un valore aggiunto al tour more »I visited several castles all very beautiful and well taken care of in more help from an added value to the tour
In camper la vigilia di ferragosto , giornata bella ma ventosa . Pargheggio comodissimo appena sotto il castello, breve passeggia per raggiungerlo, splendido, peccato fosse chiuso ma anche guardando s... more »In mid-August, eve day camper nice but windy. Convenient parking just below the Castle, short walk to get there, beautiful, too bad it was closed but also looking at only l, exterior one is struck: beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Fully restored, very touching seeing it lit up at night is worth 1 visit
Castello ben tenuto; molto suggestivo soprattutto per la posizione che domina gran parte della vallata! Peccato non sia visitabile all'interno. more »Castle well maintained; very impressive especially for the location which dominates much of the Valley! Sin is not explored inside.
Ussel Castle is one of the castles medievalidella Aosta Valley. Sits atop a Rocky Ridge that dominates the village of Châtillon, in such a position as to ensure monitoring of the entrance of the Valtournenche and the Valley of the Dora Baltea. DescrizioneModifica The Castle rises above a cliff of serpentinite, separated from the rest of the mountain from fault "Aosta-Ranzola" (East-West trend) worked over the centuries by the Pleistocene glacier. The relief is characterized by magnetite lenses that were exploited in the past through the cultivation of the mineral in Gallery: still around the Castle are visible some entrances to the mines. 
The castle was built from scratch by Ebalo II of Challant in 1343, when hereditary complicated questions involving the Challant family on the death of Ebalo Magno. Upon his death in 1323 in fact Ebalo Magno appointed heirs his four sons Peter, James, Bonifacio and John and two children of his eldest son Geoffrey, who died earlier, with the obligation that the grandchildren Ebalo II and Aa was left half of the whole estate. You came to an agreement only in 1337, when the sons of Ebalo Magno recognized his nephew Aimone the fief of Fénis and Ebalo the fiefs of Saint-Marcel and Ussel. Ebalo recognized the right to build in Ussel Castle, but not before they were after six years of the agreement, i.e. starting from 1343. In the following centuries the Castle suffered the same fate as many other castles of the Valley: in 1470 on the death of Francesco di Challant, last Lord of Ussel, the castle was used as a prison and barracks, and later abandoned. In 1846 with the extinction by the Challant family the Castle and other possessions of the area passed to the family Passerin Entrèves, who donated to the region in 1983. The restoration began five years later and ended in 1999, with funding from the Baron Bich, industrialist originally from Châtillon famous throughout the world for its famous Bic ballpoint pens. At the behest of the Baron himself today, the Museum is an exhibition center of culture and art of the Aosta Valley and is home to some remarkable temporary exhibitions during the summer, only months when the castle is open to visitors.
Externally very nice. Easy parking nearby. Terrible not to come in for a visit!
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