Bouillon Castle

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Bouillon Castle
Château de Bouillon
Belgium
Bouillon (Belgique); le vieux pont sur la Semois et le château-fort (Xe–XVIe siècles).jpg
The old bridge on the Semois
Bouillon - Château-fort et cité (1).jpg
The castle overlooks the small town of Bouillon.
Bouillon Castle is located in Belgium
Bouillon Castle
Bouillon Castle
Coordinates 49°47′34″N 5°03′55″E / 49.7927°N 5.0653°E / 49.7927; 5.0653
Type Castle
Site information
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the public
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Bouillon Castle (French: Château de Bouillon) is a medieval castle in the town of Bouillon in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium.

Although it was mentioned first in 988,[1] there has been a castle on the same site for a much longer time. The castle is situated on a rocky spur of land within a sharp bend of the Semois River.

Illustration of Godfrey of Bouillon (central figure) from William of Tyre's Histoire d'Outremer, in the care of the British Museum

In 1082, Bouillon Castle was inherited by Godfrey of Bouillon, who sold it to Otbert, Bishop of Liège in order to finance the First Crusade. The castle was later fitted for heavy artillery by Vauban, Louis XIV's military architect in the late 17th century.

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  1. ^ Bouillon at castles.org

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Coordinates: 49°47′34.5″N 5°03′56.5″E / 49.792917°N 5.065694°E / 49.792917; 5.065694