Château Gaillard

12th-century, ruined, hilltop castle with panoramic river & verdant countryside views. Château Gaillard is a medieval fortress located in the town of Les Andelys in Normandy, France. Built by Richard the Lionheart, the King of England and Duke of Normandy, in the late 12th century, the castle is renowned for its strategic location atop a limestone cliff overlooking the Seine River.

Designed as a defensive stronghold, Château Gaillard boasted innovative architectural features for its time, including concentric walls and towers, making it one of the most advanced fortresses of the medieval era. The castle played a significant role in the conflicts between the English and French during the Middle Ages, changing hands several times before ultimately falling into ruin.

Today, Château Gaillard is a popular tourist attraction, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its well-preserved ruins and learn about its rich history through informative exhibits and guided tours. From the castle’s elevated vantage point, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the meandering Seine River below, providing a glimpse into the strategic importance of this formidable fortress in medieval times.

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