"The Chillon Castle" Veytaux Things to Do Tip by amsterdam_vallon

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  The Chillon Castle
by amsterdam_vallon

Surrounded by the white tops of the mountains and the soft waves of Lake Geneva, Chillon castle is a real beauty spot. It is built on a rocky island along the antique road to Italy. The castle shows two faces: It is a princely residence to the lakeside but an impregnable fortress to the mountains.

The castle consists of 25 building units. The oldest part dates back to the first millennium. In the 13th century under count Peter II of Savoy, Chillon was completely transformed and considerably enlarged. Roman and early gothic architecture is characteristic. Today, the castle is carefully restored and can be visited from the basement (dungeons) to the tower. (Special attention is given to the prison, where Bonivard was chained to the pillar between 1530 an1536. His destiny inspired Lord Byron to write the famous poem « the prisoner of Chillon » (1816)

To see a guided tour of the Castle, follow this link : Guided tour of the Chillon Castle

Directions: For the detailled ways to get to the Castle, go in the « transportation tip »

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  • Written Jul 22, 2004
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