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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!!

Taken on my Pentax M50 on a very dull day!

We live in the West of France in the Poitou Charentes region, I love where we live and take a lot of inspiration for photography from the countryside and wonderful regions around us.

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  • navybrat
    navybratabout 6 years ago

    great shot!!

  • Thank you navybrat!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaabout 6 years ago

    looks so misterous! love accient stuff, make some more !! Jayne

  • Thank you Jayne – we are lucky enough to be steeped in history and ancient buildings etc.. round our way, it’s just getting out there to them!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 6 years ago

    Nice capture!

  • thank you Carlos :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 6 years ago

    Great shot of this magnificent building

  • Thank you so much Hawker :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 6 years ago

    Wow!! What a story and what a Castle!!!! Great photo Pamela!!

  • Thank you so much stephanie – I am glad you like the story and of course the castle – we have yet to go inside :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 6 years ago

    lovely haunting place mq

  • Thank you mq :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 6 years ago

    A superb capture of this magnificent old building. And an excellent history. Agnes:)))

  • thank you so much again Agnes your lovely comments are so much appreciated :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago

    Lovely the 3 door turret on the right is exceptional

  • When you first come across the Donjon it doesn’t look “all that” but when you start really looking you see so much more.. now when we go to Town you really want to see more and more of this wonderful architecture!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • chijude
    chijudeabout 6 years ago

    Can you imagine the stories that those walls could tell. We “down under” are so raw and new in comparison .. and our indegenous peoples do not build structures although their culture is ancient.
    Thank you Pamela

  • Thank you so much for appreciating this photo – it is hard sometimes to show a monumentous building for what it is …but yes what a history France has – and strangely always interlinked with the UK.

    The culture of Oz is something else though – think of all the stories the land could tell – it always facinates me :) my tenous links with Oz perhaps!! Thank you for stopping by it is appreciated :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture, and write up

  • Thank you Barry – you know what I am learning so much from taking these photos not angles and such likes but the histtory this is what we should have learnt at school imo!

    The history of Eleanor of Aquitaine is a marvellous book and really encapsulates the medieval times of France – I read it before we moved here and am now re-reading it as I know the places that are written about! Thank you Barry :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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