Tour de Crest
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The Tour de Crest (Crest Tower) is the imposing vestige of a castle - the Château de Crest - in the commune of Crest in the Drôme département of France, one of the highest keeps in Europe, if not the highest (52 metres/171 feet).
In 1120, a letter from Pope Calixte II was sent from the Château de Crest (« Castrum Cristam »). It was at about this time that, around the foot of the tower, a medieval town was developing bearing the name of the master of the area, Lord Arnaud de Crest.
In 1394, the Château de Crest had a grand square tower built of dressed stone.
The upper floors of the keep, originally defensive in purpose, were transformed into a prison and remained thus until 1873. The walls are covered with inscriptions by exiles from the Second Empire.
- Claude Huot, Jean-Claude Alcamo - "La tour de Crest : évolution architecturale et fonctionnelle" - pp. 69–90, dans Congrès archéologique de France - Moyenne vallée du Rhône - 150e session - 1992 - Société Française d'Archéologie - 1995
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