Château de Cléron
Before the 12th century, the lords of Cléron succeeded the lords of Scey to control the crossing of the River Loue by a wooden bridge on the main « Route du sel » ("salt road") of Franche-Comté, the road linking Besançon to Salins-les-Bains and assuring the prosperity of the region in the Middle Ages.
During the Ten Years' War (1634-1644, and part of the Thirty Years' War) led by Richelieu (cardinal and prime minister of Louis XIII) to attempt the reconquest of County of Burgundy to Habsburg Spain, the village was devastated, once by Swedish mercenaries in the pay of France in 1639, then a second time by the French.
The castle was heavily remodelled in the 18th century while preserving its Middle Ages defences - keep, machicolations, arrowslits and murder-holes. It is flanked by a square tower, the Clock Tower, from the 19th century.
The private gardens are open to visitors during the summer.
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