Turret Doorway by Pamela Jayne Smith

the pretty turret of this 16th century Donjon in Niort

The Donjon de Niort or Château de Niort (the former is most often used today) is a medieval castle in the French town of Niort in the département of Deux-Sèvres. It consists of two square towers, linked by a 15th century building and dominates the Sèvre Niortaise valley.

Following Henry II’s marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine, the English Crown controlled most of western France. Needing a secure base from which to maintain links with England, Niort was strategically placed as a site where Henry could maintain a garrison and supplies of personnel and weapons. He chose a site on the banks of the Sèvre on an earlier site. (Historians differ over the attribution; a recent hypothesis suggest that Henry’s son Richard the Lionheart may have been responsible.)

At the start of the 13th century, the townspeople of Niort were besieged by Poitevin lords from the surrounding area, who blocked the entrances to the town and cut off provisions. This blockade lasted several years and threatened starvation. The castle, with its own sources of provisions, notably from the river, became the sole supplier for the town. In 1224 the castle returned to English hands.

I could keep on with the history of this wonderful Castle but I think you might all nod off!!

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  • martinilogic
    martinilogicover 6 years ago

    very nice framing…love the dark roof against the white castle…… excellent

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful image…. so how’s French life? We are now in Spain (ex-Kent), if it goes horribly wrong here, we said we’d go to france, anywhere apart from back to the UK! I think children have better lives in Spain and France.

  • Thank you! France – well it’s best said in one word “FAB” but of course it is hard as it would be anywhere in Europe, the language, getting work etc….but we do love it so, our girls love it also which makes life easier!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful stone work on your castle Pam and the Turret is so simple but tops it off beautifully. : )

  • It is a lovely building a real mish mash of architechture!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Hagen
    Hagenalmost 6 years ago

    Nice place

  • Thankyou – We like it there – full of history and pleasant Town also :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

    Our banner is broken! But congratulations you have been featured in the Compact group

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

  • aww thank you kindly – what a wonderful surprise :)) I am thrilled Celia :) lovin’ the banner – better than the other one :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

    lol, i forgot we had this one!

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgealmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Congratulations!

  • Thank you kindly Richard – so sorry this reply is so late!!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Radek Hofman
    Radek Hofmanover 5 years ago

    Like the composition, very good shot.

  • Thank you kindly for your kind comment and for passing by :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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