Bazoches Castle

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Bazoches Castle - Tourism in the Nièvre

At the heart of the Morvan, on the slopes of a wooded hill facing the Vézelay hill, stands the imposing form of Bazoches Castle. Built in the 12th century by Lord Jean de Bazoches, this trapezoid-shaped feudal edifice made up of four round towers and a square keep surrounding an inner courtyard, was the home of the Marshall de Vauban in the 17th century. It was here that the illustrious engineer produced the studies and plans for over three-hundred structures and strongholds for the kingdom of France, under Louis XIV! Now the property of Vauban's descendants, the Bazoches estate is open to the public from the end of March to the start of November. Discover its rich furniture and large collection of memorabilia relating to the famous military architect. Vauban's bedroom and office, the bedroom of the Marshall's wife, the main gallery where engineers and designers used to work, drawing rooms and libraries: all are reminders of the past which you can admire during your visit.

Below the castle, the charming little village of Bazoches has a 12th and 16th-century church containing the tomb of the Marshall de Vauban. The Church of Saint-Hilaire offers good acoustics and in mid-July every year, the Musical Nights of Bazoches, a lyrical song festival, is held there.

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