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”


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I’m born in the German speaking part of Switzerland, but live in the French speaking part for 40 years and retired in 2005 after 50 years of service in different branches of the graphic industry.
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  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 3 years ago

    Love old castles and their amazing history Kilian!! The ‘wearing’ of the coat of arms looks very ‘man helped’!!lol..*-)

  • I of course totally agree with you since the “wearing” has just been made as long as the arms reached! Thank you so much for your nice comment!

    – kilmann

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 3 years ago

    Very well spotted and taken Kilian!!!
    The excellent commentary helps with this as well.. and I think I tend to agree with Deb’s comment above that this was a “man helped” result!! lol

  • Thank you so much Ken, and -
    I agree with you and with Debs!

    – kilmann

  • daffodil
    daffodilover 3 years ago

    C’est super de sauvegarder une telle beauté ! J’adore les vieux châteaux ,je compte aller en Lozère faire les Gorges du Tarn .
    Les châteaux restaurés y sont nombreux.
    Votre photo est splendide,très nette avec de joies couleurs.
    Ma favorite, merci Kilian pour l’historique de ce fameux monument !

  • Les gorges du Tarn – un vieux rève que je compte réaliser aussi un de ces jours. Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil commentaire!

    – kilmann

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Linda for this honor. You really made my day with this feature.

    – kilmann

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    amazing work!!!!

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