Vestiges du château de Présilly
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Vestiges du château de Présilly


Built on the first foothills of the Jura, this imposing fortress dating from the beginning of the 13th century is dominated by a vast square keep surrounded by a large enclosure with its adjoining dwellings, an external boulevard, a cistern, ditches dug into the solid rock and a drawbridge gateway preceded by a remarkable 200 m² (2,153 sq ft) barbican.
Owned by the Sires of Dramelay, this complex was handed over in 1423 to Nicolas Rolin, Grand Chancellor of the Dukes of Burgundy, who left many traces of his power. Several times attacked, the fortress of Présilly resisted the French attacks (1637) before being dismantled in 1673.
Fortunately, a priest in love with the site rescued the castle from oblivion in 1949 and succeeded in having it classified as a historical monument in 1955.

Vestiges du château de Présilly
Vestiges du château de Présilly
Vestiges du château de Présilly

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