Château de Marthon

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Keep and former castle courtyard

The Château de Marthon is a ruined castle in the commune of Marthon in the Charente département of France. Only the keep remains.

History[edit]

The Marthon family was descended from the Montbrons, grandchildren of the count of Angoulême, Audouin II. This seigneury existed from the 11th century.

Architecture[edit]

The castle was built as a polygonal enceinte dominated by a square keep in the south-west corner. Living accommodation was built against the north face of the tower. A turrett has disappeared.

The castle had a Gothic chapel with two floors - the lower served as a shelter for pilgrims and the upper was reserved for the lord.

In 1960, the keep was reduced in height by a metre.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • (French) Châteaux manoirs logis, la Charente, éditions Patrimoines et médias 1993, ISBN 2-910137-05-8

Coordinates: 45°36′45″N 0°26′44″E / 45.61250°N 0.44556°E / 45.61250; 0.44556