Castle of Mehun sur Yevre
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- History of the castle
The existence of
the place undoubtedly goes up with antiquity, but the still visible
vestiges today date essentially from XIIIe and XIVe century. It
is between these walls that the king Charles VII died on July 22,
1461. The fortress occupies an impressive headland and dominates
the peaceful course of Yèvres. It changed gradually between
IXe and XIIe centuries. Undoubtedly under l?impulsion of the powerful
family of Courtenay, near to the royal capacity, the castle was
rebuilt in first half of XIIIe century according to guns' philippiens
into force at that time (simple geometrical plan, here a trapezoid;
turns at strongly sloped bases; keep placed at the periphery on
the most vulnerable side). It is to the prince of the Lilies Jean
de Berry, brother of the king Charles V, whom we owe a complete
refitting in full One hundred Year old War (Second XIVe half). The
turns and the courtines were equipped with pretty finely worked
machicolations and of the buildings with residential vocation transfer
the day. The appearance of the weapons with fire led to some light
modifications in XVe century. The castle of Mehun is mainly levelled
down today. Only survived the main tower (which are visited), about
intact, and the tower of the western angle, broken on all its height.
The departures of the veins of the vaults and the jambs of chimneys
are still very readable on the remainders of the latter.
To notice in the borough:
- The door of the
Clock, old door of the enclosure urban, built in XIVe century
and equipped with archères for clamps (triangle at the
base), as well as two large pole-axes spared in the vault.
- The parish church
dedicated to Our Lady, essentially of Romance style. It has a
splendid turn-porch trônant in front of the nave.
- The statue of
Jeanne d' Arc located on a vast place enters the church and the
is open :
- In Mars, April,
October the weekend of 14h with 18h
- In May, June, September the Afternoon and weekend of 14h
with 18h, closed Mondays
- In July, August of 10h with 12h and 14h
with 18h all days.
The castle is closed
from November at at the end of February