Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin

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The Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin is a ruined castle in the commune of Angles-sur-l’Anglin in the Vienne département of France. It dates originally from the 12th century, with significant alterations and additions in the 15th century.

Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin history

A motte was here before the present castle. The earliest records date from 1025. The keep and vault were constructed in the 12th century. In the 15th century, the keep was

altered for bishop Hugues de Combarel who also built the new castle. Guillaume de Charpagne, his successor, continued the work.

Standing on its rocky outcrop 48 meters overhanging the Anglin, the feudal castle of Angles sur l’Anglin was a strategic point of defense at the crossroads of the regions of Poitou, Berry and Touraine, the castle thus built is cited from 1025.

Around 1100, Hugues VI de Lusignan was appointed lord of the castle. In 1267, Guillaume de Lezay ceded his share to the Bishop of Poitiers in exchange for the land of Villefagnan. The bishop subsequently bought other parts of the chatelleny, which remained in the episcopal mense throughout the Middle Ages. The accounts indicate major works in the second half of the 15th century and at the beginning of the 16th century, to restore the fortifications after the Hundred Years War and to fit out the dwellings.

An assessment of the condition of the fortress was commissioned in 1708. The Paris parliament exempted the bishops of Poitiers from their duty of maintenance. In 1792, the ruined fortress was still confiscated and the municipality decided to use it as a stone quarry.

Abandoned at the start of the 18th century, the castle is left in ruins. It was bought in 1923 by the Société des Antiquaires de l’Ouest, and classified as a historical monument three years later. Various restoration campaigns were carried out from 1938, to consolidate both the rocky cliff and the medieval buildings.

The municipality bought the fortress for the symbolic franc in 1986 and has been working to save it since.

It has been listed since 1926 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin today

The ruin is open to the public during normal hours at a cost of 6€. A self-guided tour offers several informative kiosks along the way in both French and English.

Getting to the Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin

There is free parking available on site.


Angles-sur-l’Anglin

Field trip! Yesterday we left home to visit Jackie Fisher’s favorite village in the region: Angles-sur-l’Anglin, which is about 25 minutes away. The tongue twister of a name means “Anglos on the Anglin River,” because it is one of the many regions here occasionally populated by the English, usually post-invasion. Today, the British actually buy land and houses here, which is so much more civilized.

A-s-A is one of the most beautiful villages in France, an official designation from the government (there are over 150 of them). Towering above the majestic river Anglin, the centerpiece is the ruin of the palace of the bishops of Poitiers (pictured above), built in the eleventh century and now a shell. Although it’s officially closed, we did manage to climb around it on steep, broken, slippery stairs—an ambulance chaser’s delight.

I am always impressed by how accessible so much of Europe’s history is. You just put your hand out, and there it is. There is little concern about guard rails or security or the limitations imposed upon us by fear of litigation. You can practically bring part of the rock home.

(As usual, click any image to enlarge.)

As old as this castle is, the town is even older. It harbors a sculpted frieze—le Roc des Sorciers—on a cliff dating back 15,000 years to the Magdalenian period, during the time of Cro-Magnon man. An interpretive center has been built around it, which I hope to see someday when it’s open. Most of the bas-relief carvings are of mammoths and other animals.

Angles-sur-l’Anglin is notable for one more thing, namely a kind of openwork embroidery that is a specialty of local needlewomen. I was eager to see their workshop and boutique, but alas, it was closed. We looked around for a place to eat lunch, but they were all closed. We thought the Tourist Information Center might have an idea, but that was closed too.

And so we wandered around, inspecting every possible pretty detail of the town, occasionally glimpsing a citizen, now and then a moving car, and more than one angry guard dog. “How lucky we are,” said the ever-optimistic Tom, “to be here when nobody else is!”

There is that. When we’re the only people around, which we often are, the whole place belongs to us.


Fortress

The village of Les Angles sur Anglin is not only another villages classified among the most beautiful in France,it has also great ruins which are overlooking the Angle river ,and another part of the village on the other bank ,from where you can admire the water mill ! It seems its name comes from an Angle tribe which settle down here during the 5th C.AD !

A lovely little castle - so beautiful and the views from almost all of it are spectacular!
We were greeted at the ticket office by a young man who was very friendly and helpful - he offered to give us info in English but we preferred to hear in French (slowly☺).
We met the friendly castle cat too that wanted to be our unofficial guide and accompany us around the site.
Beautiful - if you are in the are you must visit

We stumbled across the Chateau on our drive cross country back to Poitiers airport.
Had to stop as such a stunning view sat looking over the river.
France at its very best.

Ruined chateau perched high above a river offering good views of the river and town below. Good spot for those panoramic photographs.


Château d'Angles-sur-l'Anglin

The Château d'Angles-sur-l'Anglin is a ruined castle in the commune of Angles-sur-l'Anglin in the Vienne département of France. It dates originally from the 12th century, with significant alterations and additions in the 15th century. [1]

The ruin is open to the public during normal hours at a cost of 6 euros. A self guided tour provides several informative kiosks along the way in both French and English.

A motte was here before the present castle. The earliest records date from 1025. The keep and vault were constructed in the 12th century. In the 15th century, the keep was altered for bishop Hugues de Combarel who also built the new castle. Guillaume de Charpagne, his successor, continued the work. [1]


Toponymie

Le nom de la localité est attesté sous les formes Castellum Ingla dès 1025 [ 10 ] , Castellum Engli en 1070, Engla vers 1080, au sommet d'une boucle de l'Anglin, sur un rivage concave et escarpé [ 11 ] .

Elle tire son nom d'une tribu d'Angles [réf. nécessaire] .

L'Anglin est la rivière passant dans la commune et son hydronyme est attesté sous la forme Fluvius Anguli au VIII e siècle, fluvius Engle vers 1080, Engleen en 1260, du latin angulus « angle » ou de l'adjectif *angulinus « anguleux », pour décrire le cours sinueux de ce cours d'eau [ 11 ] .

Ses habitants sont appelés les Anglois [ 12 ] .


Fortified Castle - Angles-sur-l'Anglin

In one of "the most beautiful villages of France", the proud ruins of this 12th century fortified castle stand on a rocky hill overlooking the Anglin River. A stairway takes you up to the chapel where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Anglin Valley and the Sainte-Croix Quarter with its superb plain tile roofed houses and Romanesque Church.

Also to see : the Village of Angles, the Jours d'Angles workshop demonstrating how traditional fine pulled-thread embroidery has proliferated since the time of Napoleon III when over 300 embroiderers worked to supply the grand Parisian shops. T

The Roc aux Sourciers offers a facsimile of the magdalenian sculptured caves, which were discoverd in the village in 1950

Nearby in St-Savin, the Abbey with its 12th century frescoes is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. La Roche-Posay, a lively spa town, is also nearby.

Heritage sites - La Roche-Posay et ses environs
Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Un des plus beaux villages de France, situé au nord-est de Poitiers, la commune d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin fait partie du Pays des Vals de Gartempe et Creuse.

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  • Game Parc, indoor leisure complex
  • A day at Center Parcs Domaine du Bois aux Daims
  • Riddle course at Château de Monthoiron
  • Monkey Valley
  • Le Cormenier Museum
  • Saint-Cyr Outdoor Recreation Area
  • DéfiPlanet' in Dienné: the Leisure Park
  • Saint Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey
  • Giants of the Sky
  • VéloRail de Chauvigny Rail Bike
  • Futuroscope Theme Park
  • Spa Source La Roche-Posay
  • Roc aux Sorciers Prehistoric Sculpture Interpretation Centre
  • La Belle Flower Garden
  • Accommodation
  • Discover
  • Restaurants and local produce
  • Events calendar
  • Infos pratiques

Welcome to la Vienne

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France - Angles-sur-l'Anglin et son château

Dominant fièrement la rivière éponyme, le château d'Angles-sur-l'Anglin a encore belle allure. Le site, occupé depuis des milliers d'années, propose une belle histoire. Quant au village, entièrement médiéval, il vous enchantera avec ses petites ruelles tortueuses, ses jolies maisons de caractère et, bien entendu, la forteresse qui, si elle est essentiellement en ruines, propose une visite intéressante, très pédagogique, à l'aide de panneaux explicatifs soignés.

Vue d'ensemble de la forteresse d'Angles-sur-l'Anglin, qui domine le village depuis de nombreux siècles.

L'éperon rocheux qui domine la rivière est fortifié depuis la fin du Xème siècle. Ce devait être une simple construction défensive en bois, afin de défendre ce passage-clef qui marque la limite entre le Poitou et la Touraine. Le château que l'on visite aujourd'hui possède de nombreux restes très imposants. Il connut une histoire mouvementée (c'est au XVème siècle, comme le reste du village, que le site connut son apogée), durant la guerre de cent ans contre les anglais d'abord, puis, bien plus tard, durant la Renaissance, où il est pris et détruit à plusieurs reprises par les frondeurs puis par les ligueurs. Il deviendra même une carrière publique à la fin de la Révolution.

Le massif château d'Angles possède encore de beaux vestiges.

la tour-porte, entrée principale du château

corps de logis, la partie la mieux conservée du château

Comme dans tout bon château médiéval qui se respecte, il y avait un cachot, et celui d'Angles a été conservé. Rendre et appliquer la justice fait partie des prérogatives du Seigneur. Il s'agit de traiter des problèmes survenant entre les habitants des terres. On pouvait, à cette époque, distinguer trois Justices différentes : la haute, la moyenne et la basse. La haute justice permet de juger toutes les affaires et de prononcer la peine capitale (qui doit néanmoins être confirmée par des juges royaux). La justice moyenne traite les bagarres ou les vols. Il ne peut y avoir de mise à mort. La basse justice, enfin, traite des problèmes de finance, du dégât causé sur du bétail, par exemple. C'est dans l'attente de leur jugement que les prévenus passaient par la case cachot, mais c'était temporaire : en effet, les peines de prison à vie n'existaient pas au Moyen-Age, c'était soit une amende, soit la peine de mort, soit la relaxe.

Souvent les cahots possédaient ce que l'on a appelé des "fillettes", cages de petite taille dans lesquelles les prisonniers ne pouvaient tenir debout. Les cages étaient parfois suspendues dans le vide, ce qui rendait la position encore plus inconfortable. Cette expression de "fillettes du Roi", on la doit au cardinal Jean de la Balue qui fut lui-même enfermé durant deux années dans une de ces cages, à Tours, par le roi Louis XI. Ce dernier a toujours eu une réputation de Roi terrifiant et tortionnaire, ce que les romantiques du XIXème siècle, dont Victor Hugo, n'ont pas manqué d'accentuer, allant jusqu'à déformer la réalité. Si ces cages ont bien été utilisées, c'était assez rare et les "fillettes de Louix XI" étaient en réalité de lourdes chaînes en fer que l'on plaçait aux pieds ou aux mains, voire aux quatre membres, des prisonniers.

Le donjon constitue le coeur du château, il servait de lien entre les deux vastes cours intérieures de l'édifice. Il était rectangulaire, avec des murs épais sur quatre niveaux. Les restes actuels sont du XVème siècle. Même si le rôle d'un donjon était essentiellement défensif, celui-ci possédait des chambres, des salles communes ainsi qu'une cuisine. C'est ici que l'essentiel des résidents de la forteresse partageaient leur repas.

Le donjon du château vu depuis le Sud et la cour secondaire. On voit sur le mur, à mi-hauteur, les armes du Roi de France surmontant celles de Combarel, que nous avons évoqué plus haut, et à qui on doit l'agrandissement de l'ensemble au XVème.

Autre vue du donjon depuis le nord cette fois-ci.

Mais bien avant l'époque médiévale, le site d'Angles, au bord de sa rivière, a été un cadre de vie autrement plus ancien ! Le Roc-aux-sorciers, sommet de l'art pariétal, témoigne d'une occupation préhistorique dès le Magdalénien (-14000). Sur la rive gauche de la rivière ( photo ci-dessous ), un bourg s'est développé autour de la chapelle Sainte-Croix, dès le XIème siècle. Les maisons se sont ensuite étalées sur la rive opposée, sous le château. C'est aujourd'hui un véritable plaisir que de déambuler dans ces ruelles multi-centenaires.


Château d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin - History

Along this multimedia trail you will discover the heritage of Angles-sur-l’Anglin, through videos and audio commentary, the fortress and the abbey will be opened up to you. You will view animated reenactments showing how the fortress and abbey were built in the 15th century.You will hear the history of Roc-aux-Sorciers and even the expertise of the Jours d'Angles hemstitch textile workers.

Along this multimedia trail you will discover the heritage of Angles-sur-l’Anglin, through videos and audio commentary, the fortress and the abbey will be opened up to you. You will view animated reenactments showing how the fortress and abbey were built in the 15th century.You will hear the history of Roc-aux-Sorciers and even the expertise of the Jours d'Angles hemstitch textile workers.

In this interview, Matilde LUCAS, Director of the Interpretation Center at Sorciers Rock, guides us around the original Roc-aux-Sorciers site, the natural rock shelter adorned with parietal carvings, which is now not open to the public. She tells us about how the site, which is considered of equal importance to the caves at Lascaux, was discovered.

Unconvinced about visiting the Roc-aux-Sorciers Discovery Centre? This video will show you the highlights of what is on show, which will undoubtedly spur you on to go.

It is here, atop this rocky outcrop, that you will find the first iteration of the castle at Angles, in the form of a feudal motte and bailey keep. Let's set the scene!

Construction of the fortress at Angles began in the early 12th century. In this video clip, all of the buildings and defenses are recreated using animation, bringing the castle back to life.

This fault line in the rock, with its carved staircase, features in a legend from the Hundred Years War. Listen to the story!

Large scale developments took place in the 15th century, particularly on the castle keep. This animation will show you how the castle was laid out.

What is the name of this architectural form?

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What is the name of this architectural form?

Sorry but it is incorrect ! This is a hug! In architecture, a brace arch is a typical form often used on buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries, period of Renaissance architecture.

Sorry but it is incorrect ! This is a hug! In architecture, a brace arch is a typical form often used on buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries, period of Renaissance architecture.

Congratulations ! This is a hug! In architecture, a brace arch is a typical form often used on buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries, period of Renaissance architecture.

Listen to the commentary and find out all about how the Anglin River was crossed before the bridge was built.

This is the house where the cardinal Balue was born in 1421. This man was imprisoned during 11 years. Do you know why ?

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Why was the Cardinal de la Balue imprisoned?

Sorry but it is incorrect ! The Cardinal was accused by Louis XI of treason. He was suspected of having mounted a scheme designed to confuse the King and the Duke of Burgundy. He was arrested and imprisoned April 23, 1469. He will be pardoned after the intervention of Pope Paul II but released only in December 1480 against promise to withdraw to Rome.

Sorry but it is incorrect ! The Cardinal was accused by Louis XI of treason. He was suspected of having mounted a scheme designed to confuse the King and the Duke of Burgundy. He was arrested and imprisoned April 23, 1469. He will be pardoned after the intervention of Pope Paul II but released only in December 1480 against promise to withdraw to Rome.

Congratulations ! The Cardinal was accused by Louis XI of treason. He was suspected of having mounted a scheme designed to confuse the King and the Duke of Burgundy. He was arrested and imprisoned April 23, 1469. He will be pardoned after the intervention of Pope Paul II but released only in December 1480 against promise to withdraw to Rome.


Roc aux Sorciers Prehistoric Sculpture Interpretation Centre - Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of "the most beautiful villages of France", is the home of a rare heritage which is not accessible to the public for preservation reasons. This consists of sculpted prehistoric frieze of "Roc aux Sourciers". It dates back from Magdalenian times, 15000 years ago. This frieze, which is unique to the world, was discovered in 1950. It is considered as one of the most important sites of Paleolithic art.

The interpretative centre offers the chance to discover an innovative reconstruction of this exceptional site, by associating educational scenography and a multimedia display. After being taken back through time to the Magdalenian era, visitors will be able to discover the magic of this unforgettable frieze.(Accessible to the visually impaired ). Guided tours in English: in July and August everyday at 11 am.

Heritage sites - La Roche-Posay et ses environs
Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Un des plus beaux villages de France, situé au nord-est de Poitiers, la commune d’Angles-sur-l’Anglin fait partie du Pays des Vals de Gartempe et Creuse.

  • Most popular
  • Game Parc, indoor leisure complex
  • A day at Center Parcs Domaine du Bois aux Daims
  • Riddle course at Château de Monthoiron
  • Monkey Valley
  • Le Cormenier Museum
  • Saint-Cyr Outdoor Recreation Area
  • DéfiPlanet' in Dienné: the Leisure Park
  • Saint Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey
  • Giants of the Sky
  • VéloRail de Chauvigny Rail Bike
  • Futuroscope Theme Park
  • Spa Source La Roche-Posay
  • Roc aux Sorciers Prehistoric Sculpture Interpretation Centre
  • La Belle Flower Garden
  • Accommodation
  • Discover
  • Restaurants and local produce
  • Events calendar
  • Infos pratiques

Welcome to la Vienne

This website is your passport to the delights of La Vienne, an everchanging destination that keeps our visitors coming back for more.


Bureau d'Information Touristique d'Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Described as one of the prettiest villages in France and awarded the 2 flower label for its floral decoration, the village of Angles has a very rich cultural history. People have been living on the banks of the Anglin river since prehistoric times, asevidenced by the Magdalenian sculptures at Roc-aux-Sorciers. These are the most significant discoveries of this kind in Europe, of the period 14,000 years ago.

Discover the medieval village streets whose names evoke past times, translated as the Englishmen's Trench,The Hunting Horn, House of Cardinal La Ballue. Visit the impressive ruins of the chateau ( 12th.- 15th. centuries) which tower 50 metres above the Anglin Valley and the lower part of the village. You can visit the chateau in July and August. Visit also the Sainte Croix Chapel, the remains of an 11th C monastery and the lower village cemetery with its 14th C Easter cross.

During the 'Jours d'Angles" festival, see the embroidery workshop, and learn about an embroidery technique unique to the Village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin.

Local accommodation : hotel, gîtes, bed and breakfast (chambres d'hôtes).


Watch the video: Randonnée autour dAngles-sur-lAnglin 1