About Chateau d’Ivry-la-Bataille
The Chateau d’Ivry-la-Bataille is a ruinous Norman castle in Normandy, France. It is among the earliest examples of a stone donjon or keep, which would become a common feature of later Norman castles in various parts of Europe. The construction of the castle dates to around 1000 AD.
Chateau d’Ivry-la-Bataille has marked similarities with later Norman castle keeps in Normandy, notably Avranches in France and Colchester Castle and the White Tower at the Tower of London in England. It has been suggested that Ivry was the model for these buildings.
The castle was reconstructed several times up to the 15th century and today only ruins now remain, forming an attractive walk overlooking the valley of the River Eure. It is an official historical monument of France.