The current standing Château de Fougères, located in the town of Fougères next to the Nançon River, was built during the late 1100s as a stronghold at the intersection of well traveled trade routes. (The original castle, built of wood rather then stone, was burned by Henry II, King of England, and later rebuilt). Located right on the border of Normandy and Bretange, it’s primary purpose was to protect Bretange from the ambitious English who controlled Normandie, and the French to the east, all who wanted to expand their territories.
The castle was built with three courtyards to slow the progression of raiders; circular towers, to allow for better viewing access of the area; a moat, drawbridge, and ramparts. It was strengthened and improved over five centuries due to the many battles it endured. It is amazingly well preserved, and draws thousands visitors each year.
The cat in the photo below seemed to be on patrol, keeping an eye out for potential problems. She was quite intent on her mission, and completely ignored me when I called to her.
The castle gardens are lovely, and have a nice variety of plants.
The views of the surrounding area from the ramparts are quite impressive.
Since 1985, Fougères has had the distinction of being Ville d’Art et d’Histoire, and is a pretty place to wander and take photos.
There is a small admission fee to the château which includes a self-guided tour.
We both enjoyed touring the château and strolling through the village, and would eagerly return if the opportunity arises.
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