Fodor's Expert Review Château Gaillard

Les Andelys Castle/Palace/Chateau
Château Gaillard was built in a mere two years, between 1196 and 1198, by Richard the Lionheart, King of England and the Duke of Normandy, to protect Rouen against French forces. The castle was captured by Philip II after a six-month siege infamous for the extent of its carnage. Destroyed by Henry IV in 1603, the dramatic ruin still presides over the town with a grandeur that recalls its colorful, and often tragic, history. The town hosts medieval festivals in the château in spring and summer to bring to life its rich history.

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Le Chemin du Château Gaillard
Normandy  27700, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €3.20; guided tour €4.50; Combined ticket Château-Gaillard + Museum Nicolas Poussin: €5., Apr.–Nov., daily 10–1 and 2–6. Closed Tues. morning

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