The history of the castle of Chillon (Switzerland) was influenced by three major periods:
The Savoy period (12th century to 1536)
The oldest written document mentioning the castle dates from 1150; it says that the House of Savoy already controlled the route along the shores of Lake Geneva.
The Bernese period (1536-1798)
The Swiss, more precisely the Bernese, conquered the Pays de Vaud and occupied Chillon in 1536. The castle retained it’s role as a fortress, arsenal and prison for over 260 ans.
Nowadays, the partly deleted coat of arms of Berne still attests to this slice of history. (Was it the influence of the weather, or the contribution of man?)
The Vaudois period (1798 to the present)
The Bernese left Chillon in 1798 at the time of the Vaudois Revolution. The castle became the property of the Canton of Vaud when it was founded in 1803. The restoration of the historical monument began at the end of the 19th Century and continues to this day.
Taken with Nikon D50, Sigma lens 70-300 mm
1/400 sec., f/11.0
Featured in the “Unique Buildings of the World Group 2011”