Château de Tournon
Location: Tournon-sur-Rhône, in the Ardèche departement of France (Rhone-Alpes Region).
Built: 14th-15th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Owned by the municipality.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00116828
Notes: Château de Tournon ou château-musée, est un château situé à Tournon-sur-Rhône dans le département de l'Ardèche en France. Il fait l’objet d’un classement au titre des monuments historiques depuis les 12 juillet 1927, 28 mars 1938 et 1er mars 1960. Il abrite depuis 1928 les collections du musée du Rhône.Traces of the first castle of the tenth century, located on the site of an old watchtower from the Gallo-Roman era are still visible on the right on entering the courtyard. Based on a crusade, Louis IX (Saint Louis) stayed in the castle, and Francis I and Henry II, bound for the Italian wars. The fourteenth century was much altered part. In the sixteenth century, new main buildings were built, including the great Renaissance building housing the museum's collections. The Beauregard tower was built between 1560 and 1600 as well as two terraces and the chapel which houses the triptych of the painter Jean Capassin. The eldest son of Francis died at the castle in August 1536, following the drinking glass of water after playing at tennis in Lyon. One can see in the castle reconstruction of the room of the unfortunate Helene de Tournon, young and beautiful, love died. Ronsard, in this castle, while page 12, later wrote the Ode to Helena. Since its move from Arras-sur-Rhône in 1939 is a milestone in the entrance to the courtyard of the castle.
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