About Chateau de Robert le Diable
Chateau de Robert le Diable is a French feudal castle from the time of the Dukes of Normandy. It is situated at Moulineaux, near Rouen, in the département of Seine-Maritime at the side of the A13 autoroute.
The castle was built during the 11th and 12th centuries and stands on a hill which dominates the River Seine, the view extending over the whole Rouen region making it a particularly strategic location.
It takes its name from ‘Robert the Devil’ who according to some was Robert I, Duke of Normandy, the father of William the Conqueror. However, there is no evidence that this person was involved in the construction.
It is known that the English King Richard I stayed here. His brother, King John destroyed the castle during his struggle with the King Philip II Augustus of France. The latter rebuilt it. During the Hundred Years’ War, the people of Rouen destroyed the towers to prevent the castle being used by the English.
Half ruined, it is today furnished with various artefacts as well as reconstructed scenes of local history and life in the Middle Ages.