Tour Mélusine

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Tour Mélusine

The Tour Mélusine is the keep of a former castle in the commune of Vouvant in the département of Vendée in France.[1]


The 15th century watch tower is all that remains of the ancient castle of the Lords of Lusignan, dating from 1242. There is evidence of the early 13th century enceinte.[1] The view from the summit is superb.

Like all of the Lusignan's castles, legend holds that it was built in a single night by the fairy Melusine "de trois dornées de pierres et d'une goulée d'Eve".[2]

The tower has been classed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1927.[1]


The interior comprises vaulted rooms.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ministry of Culture: Enceinte fortifiée (French)
  2. ^ Vouvant website: Légende de Mélusine (French)

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Coordinates: 46°34′25″N 0°46′20″W / 46.573701°N 0.772196°W / 46.573701; -0.772196