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Report 1982: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 3 Northern Finistère

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2011

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Page 25 of 32: Château de Tronqédec

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Château de Tronqédec.

Château De Tronquédec is about 10km south of Lannion and reached along a narrow, very windy road through woodland, with deeply carved valleys. The ruined château is built on a strategic site high above the Leguer valley.

The original château was built in the 13thC but much of it was destroyed and rebuilt in the 15thC. It was razed in 1622 under the orders of Cardinal Riechelieu as it was a Huegenot stronghold.

Entry is through a small gateway with ticket office into a large open area surrounded by the curtain wall with two towers. One of these is accessible and has been refurnished as a guard room with small fire. (The toilets are next to this, reached by a steep stone stair).

Facing is a massive gateway with two large guard towers. The remains of the original 13thC towers can be seen inside the bases of these.

The inner bailey had living quarters along the side walls with cellars underneath. The remains of a fireplace, storage cupboard and drainage channels can still be seen in the kitchen. Beyond are the foundations of a 13thC tower.

The chapel was on the first floor.

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