Friday, 13 November 2020

Chateau du Verger, Vou

Chateau du Verger, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
There is a substantial bell at the gate.

 

The Chateau du Verger near Vou is what in French is known as a gentilhommière, a gentleman's residence, in this case really a fortified manor house, composed of a large rectangular main building with several towers. 

Chateau du Verger, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
The polygonal tower appears to be having some work done.

 

On the north facade, the courtyard side, a distinctive polygonal tower rises, housing a vast spiral staircase giving access to all floors. The Renaissance entrance door is framed by flat pilasters and surmounted by a double moulded lintel with four medallions. A small circular turret, set in a watchtower at the angle between the staircase tower and main block, serves as a staircase to the uppermost floor. At the southwest corner of the house is a round tower whose upper part was dismantled: it was cut diagonally and its parapet walk was removed, while the corbelling of the machicolations was cut flush with the wall.


Chateau du Verger, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
The truncated tower, with the main block behind.


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2 comments:

chm said...

I love the DIY bell tower!

Susan said...

I was amused to be greeted by the sight of this bell when we got to the entrance.

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