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Rolle Castle, Rolle

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Rolle Castle is a castle in the municipality of Rolle of the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryIn 1261, the Lords of Mont planned to build a city along the lake that would compete with the Aubonne and Saint-Prex. By around 1264, Rolle Castle was built to protect the pier at the lake. However, the planned city was never built by the Mont family. In 1291, the castle was in possession of Count Amadeus V of Savoy, who granted it to several different families as a fief. In the course of the rivalry between the Counts of Savoy and the Lords of Vaud, in 1319 Amadeus V of Savoy finally built a city around the castle. This new city closed a gap in the savoy settlements on the northern shores of Lake Geneva.During the Bernese invasion, both Le Rosey Castle and Rolle Castle were attacked and burned.Under Bernese rule (1536-1798) Rolle was part of the bailiwick of Morges. In 1558, the Bernese merchant Hans Steiger, who was already the lord of Mont-le-Grand, acquired the barony of Rolle. His family retained the property until the French Revolution. The barony included the town of Rolle (except the fief of Les Uttins which belonged until the 18th century to the La Harpe family), Tartegnin, Vinzel, Luins, half of Essertines-sur-Rolle, some homes in Begnins, the region of Vincy and Saint-Vincent (now in Gilly), Bursinel and in 1615 they acquired Le Rosey Castle, Dully and Le Vaud. The judicial court was composed of the lord, his deputy, a court clerk, and ten members from Rolle and villages in the district. One of ten members governed the city. In 1740 the town bought itself out from under some taxes and duties.
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  • It's a beautiful castle with good restaurants nearby and wonderful views around. Worth to visit family and friends.
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  • At the end of a Sunday "girovagante" I relaxed strolling in the beautiful locality on Lake Geneva. Neat and colourful flowerbeds flowering, spacious with several benches (not always lie) for those who want to take a break. Illustrative and well documented on the village signs. Very spacious parking. It is worth to spend a few hours.
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  • Next to the castle you wll find a beautifull park at the lake. In summertime it's full with flowers. 
  • The tranquility and beauty of the place are worth it. The castle of Rolle for its architecture and swallows walking through its halls. And on the outside of the castle the peace of the Lake Geneva with its ducks and geese.
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  • Beautifully.
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  • Beautiful and relaxed.
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