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Verres Castle, Verres

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Verrès Castle is a fortified 14th-century castle in Verrès, in the lower Aosta Valley, in north-western Italy. It has been called one of the most impressive buildings from the Middle Ages in the area. Built as a military fortress by Yblet de Challant in the fourteenth century, it was one of the first examples of a castle constructed as a single structure rather than as a series of buildings enclosed in a circuit wall. The castle stands on a rocky promonitory on the opposite side of the Dora Baltea from Issogne Castle. The castle dominates the town of Verrès and the access to the Val d'Ayas. From the outside it looks like an austere cube, thirty metres long on each side and practically free of decorative elements.HistoryOriginsThe earliest documents attesting the existence of a castle at Verrès (in the possession of the De Verretio family) date to 1287. At that time, control of the area was contested between the Bishop of Aosta and some noble families which were vassals of the Counts of Savoy: the De Turrilia, De Arnado, and De Verretio. The De Verretio in particular had harsh disagreements with the prelate over the years, which culminated in the episcopal casaforte in Issogne in 1333.
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  • Returned d step to Champoluc, and with the snow Castle is even more impressive and beautiful, it deserves!
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  • From the outside it looks much smaller than what it really is. With 3 euros each you visit and you get the guide that is very helpful and patient. Recommend a visit to anyone who wants to make a trip out of town without spending much.
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  • The castle is impressive from the outside with his bulk cubic overlooking the Valley. Can be reached in 10 Min climb from the parking lot below or half an hour from the village. The tour goes on to appreciate the Interior, unfortunately undress for abandoning secular who underwent. Very good the commentary of the Guide to appreciate the details and history of the Castle and the family.
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