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Château de Montrottier

Château de Montrottier
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Castle Facts:

Location: Lovagny, in the Haute-Savoie departement of France (Rhone-Alpes Region).
Built: 13th-19th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Owned by an association.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00118402.
Notes: Château de Montrottier is a former stronghold of the thirteenth century, rebuilt several times and restored in the nineteenth century, which stands on the town of Lovagny in the department of Haute-Savoie in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, a dozen kilometers west of Annecy, near the gorges du Fier. As historical monuments; the keep, the main building of the Knights and the tower of Religious are subject to a classification by order of 1 September 1919 the grounds surrounding the castle are subject to a ranking by order of 5 January 1935; the farm buildings castle component except for classified parts are subject to a partial enrollment by order of 3 November 1987.The site was probably occupied in the Roman or Saracen with a defense post. The castle buildings were built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, with additions to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.In 1796 it will be sold as national property to a consortium then Geneva Benedict Dufour, who leaves an inheritance to his son Guillaume-Henri Dufour. The Dufour family sold it in 1839 to Baron Jules de Rochette, whose wife also do important work, redesigning the "Logis des Comtes" and replacing the stairs of the "Logis des Chevaliers" with a grand staircase . It is sold in 1876 to Victor Frerejean, ironmaster, former president of the Chamber of Commerce of Lyon, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the Military and Hospitaller Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which completes the grand staircase. In 1906, with the death of Marie-Louise Mares, widow of George Frerejean, the castle became the property of Leo Mares who was a great collector of art. At his death on 14 August 1916, he bequeathed with his collections, the Florimontane Academy, founded in 1606 by Francis de Sales and the lawyer Antoine Favre. This is still the owner. The Florimontane Academy supports and publishes in 1949 the research and work of Joseph Serand on the history of the castle and the owners and, since 2007, those of Julien Coppier on Leo Mares, other owners and collections.In 1796 it will be sold as national property to a consortium then Geneva Benedict Dufour, who leaves an inheritance to his son Guillaume-Henri Dufour. The Dufour family sold it in 1839 to Baron Jules de Rochette, whose wife also do important work, redesigning the "Logis des Comtes" and replacing the stairs of the "Logis des Chevaliers" with a grand staircase . It is sold in 1876 to Victor Frerejean, ironmaster, former president of the Chamber of Commerce of Lyon, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the Military and Hospitaller Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which completes the grand staircase. In 1906, with the death of Marie-Louise Mares, widow of George Frerejean, the castle became the property of Leo Mares who was a great collector of art. At his death on 14 August 1916, he bequeathed with his collections, the Florimontane Academy, founded in 1606 by Francis de Sales and the lawyer Antoine Favre. This is still the owner. The Florimontane Academy supports and publishes in 1949 the research and work of Joseph Serand on the history of the castle and the owners and, since 2007, those of Julien Coppier on Leo Mares, other owners and collections.

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