Location: Saint-Priest, in the Ardèche departement of France (Rhone-Alpes Region).
Built: 12th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Private property.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00116802
Notes: Château d'Entrevaux is a chateau in France in the municipality of Saint-Priest, in the Ardèche department in the Rhône-Alpes region. The main building, rectangle 44 m by 22 m, has thick walls of 80 cm made of volcanic stone, particularly resistant to bullets. The set, flanked at the corners by four round towers of 5.50 m diameter leveled after the siege of Privas in 1629, has an imposing appearance. The original castle dating back to the twelfth century. Indeed, historians have found traces of hoarding. However, no archive document in provides irrefutable proof. This fortress, built to the rules of Art (thick walls, ditches eight meters wide door on the south side) and hardly prenable, knows many changes over the ages; Inside the castle meanwhile was little changed because of the thick walls. Castle Entrevaux, in the early sixteenth century, was restored like many French mansions, the Italian fashion imported by an aristocracy dazzled by the successes of the transalpine Renaissance. The Italian decor will gradually be juxtaposed to many French buildings with the arrival of architects and decorators Florentine or Roman who transformed these homes, bringing the interior comfort and large openings. The main exterior changes were intended to make the south façade less vulnerable to the guns in tight shot two walls are supported at two south towers surrounding a backyard; a building is projecting to the west. Entrevaux, often repaired since the seventeenth century, today has well-kept rooms (Richelieu room, large hall of the Knights, vaulted dining room restored in the eighteenth century).
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