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An early castle was built on a promontory of rock overlooking the river Vie in around the twelfth century.
In 1468 Apremont castle was besieged by 3,000 Bretons who wanted to free
the prisoner being held there. The Siege was lifted once the prisoners
were released, but the surrounding countryside as far as St.Gilles on
the coast was devastated.
The two surviving towers were part of a renaissance château built in the
early 1500's by Philippe Chabot de Brion, Admiral of France and friend
of King Francois 1st on the site of part of the medieval fortress.
King Louis X111 stayed at the castle on the night of April 17th after
his victory at Riez having just defeated the protestant troops lead by
Prince de Soubise.
Today the castle is the property of the Municipal council and is a most beautiful example of Vendéen architecture.
miss the panoramic view from the top of the East Tower and the
exhibitions "Le Rêve de l’Amiral” (The Admiral’s Dream) (video and
virtual theatre) and "Le Rouleau d’Apremont".
New in 2010: Treasure hunt for children
Open 7/04 to 1/06 from 14.00 to 18.00
2/06 to 2/09 " 10.30 to 19.00
3/09 to 16/9 " 10.30 to 18.00
Admission. Adult €3.80
Child (7-16) €2.50
Château plus panoramic de Château d'Eau
Child (12-16) €3.
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