The last post on this blog depicted a mystery photo, taken somewhere near Narcy in France. Did you work out what it was? It was a photo of the inside of one of the towers, looking straight upwards. The steps that you can see, are actually the underside of the original staircase!
The tower was in small château which we came across most unexpectedly – Château de Passy-les-Tours. After having spent half the day ‘cyclo-travelling’, we had the afternoon to explore and saw this castle in the distance. Intrigued, we cycled over to investigate.
On arrival, we were delighted (and surprised) to find that there was no one else at the site. There were no gates or fences, no entrance fees or rules. Just a bit of bushland to get past and the château ruin is yours to explore!
It was a photographer’s dream, and I had a lovely time capturing the nooks and crannies, stairways and staircases, towers and empty gaping window spaces. What a great find!
The history of Château de Passy-les-Tours is described in French on a sign near to the site. Wikipedia has this nicely summarised information translated into English as follows:
“With an oblong plan about 50 m long flanked with four round towers in the corners, the castle was built at the end of the 14th century by Jean de Chevenon, then counsellor to King Charles VI of France. The 25 m high keep dominates the vaulted entrance. Its architecture was inspired by the Château de Vincennes in Paris and its imposing towers (tours) give their name to the village of Passy-les-Tours.
During the Hundred Years’ War, from 1422, it was occupied by captain Perrinet Gressard who opposed Joan of Arc at the siege of La Charité-sur-Loire in 1429.
Badly damaged during the Wars of Religion, in 1782 the castle became the property of the marquis de Vergennes, politician and diplomat, who did not restore it. Neither did successive owners. On the contrary, the castle’s stones were used in other constructions.
The castle is privately owned. It has been listed since 1927 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.” Wikipedia
(Follow this link for the itinerary and details for our Tour of France)