The « Château de Marmande » is near Vellèches a village located in the Vienne depart. (86), not to be confused with the city of the same name in Lot et Garonne depart . (47) south of Bordeaux.
This impressive medieval structure can be seen for quite a distance and is clearly something a bit special and unusual…
It is an exceptionnal collection of fortifications from the 11th to the 15th centuries, adorning the plateau of an escarpment.
The castle keep a 33 m high watchtower, a staircase of 165 footsteps very impresive and surprisingly in a good shape for a so old building. This tower can be seen from a circle of 10 to 15 km all around.
In addition, the château has a signifiant underground network of shelter galleries, not open to the public. Most of them have been digged in the 12th century or even before.
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