Château de Machecoul
Location: Machecoul, in the Loire-Atlantique departement of France (Pays de la Loire Region).
Built: 13th-16th century.
Ownership / Access: Private property.
Notes: Château de Machecoul is a castle located in Machecoul (Loire-Atlantique), France. Machecoul Castle is a castle of the thirteenth century Gothic style, modified several times in the fifteenth century and the sixteenth century. When he was still intact, it was a square moated fortress with six crenellated towers and a dungeon. Destroyed after the Revolution and the Wars of Vendée in order to allow for rebuilding homes and ways of Machecoul with its stone castle is nowadays in ruins: it remains primarily the outer walls of the keep and pan inside wall. The castle is now a private property (the family Grandmaison), with outdoor tour (visit the remains via a footpath). A sound and light show, depicting the life of Gilles de Rais (The Mysteries of Gilles de Rais), takes place every summer on the castle site. archaeological excavation works have recently been conducted on the site, updating part of the foundations and pottery. Castle Machecoul is also called Gilles de Rais castle and wrongly Bluebeard's castle. The monument is registered as historical monuments in 2004.
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