Donjon de Niort-Aliénor d'Aquitaine


The Dungeon of Eleanor of Aquitaine is paired with another dungeon. These two towers were part of a vast castle of which only the main building today. The castle was built in the twelfth century by Henry II who wanted to protect the areas that his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine brought him as dowry for their marriage. These two towers are typical of defensive military architecture of that period (very thick walls, small openings, crenellated terrace, spiral staircase). A main building connects the two towers. The towers have undergone many changes: the walls were raised, the door was opened today by order of Catherine de Medici in the fifteenth. The building, listed building was restored recently. Temporary exhibitions are regularly organized and guided tours are held throughout the year.


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