Photographer's Note

La Roche-Guyon may be the goal of a pleasant daytrip outside Paris. Though it is less known than Chateau Gaillard, closeby, it deserves the visit.

The main attraction is the castle, well known by the fans of Blake and Mortimer, a comic by E.P.Jacobs, who located there the beginning of one of his books.

The first castle on this place was built before 900, and became of great importance between 911 and 1205, which corresponds to the period when the duke of Normandy was independant from the french king, and moreover was also king of England.

The dungeon that still can be seen was built 1197, as Richard Lion Heart built Chateau Gaillard. The local lord decided to answer this threat by building the dungeon. It was linked to the lower castle by an underground tunnel, still useable today.

The lower castle was rebuilt at the beginning of the XVIIth century, and became the property of well known families, such as La Rochefoucauld, and then Rohan.

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Additional Photos by Yannick LEPRETE (yannick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 18 N: 156] (1471)
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