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Château de Falaise: William the Conqueror’s Birthplace

May 13, 2015

Presenting: another castle in France! The Château de Falaise, found in Calvados, Normandy, France, is medieval castle – and it just happens to be the castle where the famous William the Conqueror was born. His descendants kept the castle until the 13th century, when it was taken by King Philip II of France. Today, it is considered a historical monument in France.

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Credit: “Falaise chateau guillaume conquerant 2” by Ollamh – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This castle was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Normandy. Henry I of England began construction of the castle during the 12th century, starting with a grand donjon, and later adding a smaller keep. The 12th century tower built for the castle had a chapel, a hall, and a room for the head, but no other rooms.

1840 marks the beginning of the castle’s being a historical monument, recognized by the French Ministry of Culture. A restoration program for the castle happened at around 1870 to 1874. The castle suffered effects of World War II, though three of its keeps remain.

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Credit: “Chateau de falaise 4” by Viault – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Credit: “Fenetre.donjon.Falaise”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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