Château de Saint Mesmin 2015

Château de Saint Mesmin 2015


It is a fortress from the end of the Middle Ages built around the middle of the 14th Century which represent the Hundred Years’ War period. This castle is inhabited until the middle of the 18th Century. The castle has a peaceful course of life. There is only one siege of the castle that lasted 4 days during the wars in Vendée. First of all, this castle is a defensive place however it is also a residential place. For the defensive part, you have to imagine a castle with its moat, the access was possible thanks to a drawbridge protected behind by a portcullis. We can find other elements of defense : arow-slits to shoot with bows, cannon port to shoot with canons. At the top of the keep there is a parapet walk with machicolations to throw stones on assailant under. There were also the hourds which are wooden galleries all around the top of the castle The castle has been classified historic monument since 1993. Since that classification several rounds of restaurations were carried out like for example the Lord’s dwelling which had collapsed in 1983 and was rebuilt entirely. On the farm buildings the framework and roofs where reinstalled. We are now in the stairs of the keep which counts 109 steps. Unfortunatly this part is not accessible to people with reduced mobility but you can find at the reception desk of the castle audio- visio guides available for these people. The castle organizes for several years , many medieval animations. They are lively shows with several actors inside the castle addressing each year different themes. All these animations are made for a familial audience : adults and childrens.

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