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Du Fou Castle

Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

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24 Nov 2020

About Du Fou Castle

The Château du Fou is a castle in the commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne in the Vienne département of France. It was constructed by Yves du Fou, Sénéchal of Poitou at the end of the 15th century.

In 1855, the castle was sold. In the late nineteenth and twentieth century, it belonged to the family of La Borie de Campagne.

During the Second World War, the castle suffered bombardment on 2 August 1944, particularly damaging the south and north wings. British bombers had attempted to flush out a German general, who had been occupying the castle as if a lord among his staff. German soldiers were buried under the castle, some dead or wounded, but the general escaped by plane the next morning. The damage has since been restored.

The postern, the moat, the towers, the turret, the staircase and the vault were classified as historical monuments in 1953. The castle remains are the moat, the remains of the entrance postern with its two towers and the turret staircase with its vault.

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