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History - 3.  The Chateau of Venes today

Château de Vénès – corps principal du château (XVème siècle) avec les entrées dans la cour intérieureThe castle was already uninhabited and partly in ruins in 1740.  It was restored during the 19th century by Holmière and became the family residence. The restorations have removed a considerable part of the premises but kept the main parts in which the present castle was built retaining a feudal character which recalls the former importance of this fortress.

meurtrière de la tour du Coq château Vénès

The well constructed, extremely thick, stone walls, date from early times and have luckily, kept a large number of original features such as arrow slits, doors and ancient inscriptions.

Originally including six towers and surrounded by moats, the castle was built as a L- shape on the north-west and north-east axes of a courtyard. There are still four towers standing:

  • To the North, a large round tower is topped by a terrace and displays a strong projection
  • To the east, an isolated tower "La Tour du Coq" (tower of the Rooster) is the highest of the towers and has interesting Gothic inscriptions on its interior walls
  • To the South-west, the tower which was rebuilt on its original foundations
  • To the West, the former Donjon, which was a large square tower (adjacent to the body of the castle)

 

les trois tours  Château Vénès.  la tour est, la tour sud-ouest et la tour ouest    les tours ouest et nord du Château Vénès   Inscription dans la tour du est, tour du Coq,Château Vénès.

(The four towers of the castle and the gothic inscriptions in the "Tour du Coq")

Cour basse au pied de la tour du Coq château VénèsFormerly, the castle had two courtyards, an upper courtyard, corresponding to the inner courtyard today, and a lower courtyard which has been transformed into gardens. The latter was an enclosure flanked by two towers; all constructions of this lower courtyard have now disappeared.

The former moat, which was deep and wide, still exists and is well preserved at least on two sides. The dry moat has no coating on the outside since in this area the foundation is limestone which lends itself to stone carving and has supplied the materials for the masonry of the castle.