Castle of Combourg


castle of combourg

The castle stands on a small hill next to Lac Tranquille and it was built around 1025 by Guinguene, the Archbishop of Dol, who gave it to his illegitimate brother Riwallon, the first Lord of Combourg.
The castle was made famous by the renowned writer and politician, Viscount Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, whose family acquired the property in 1761, and it is where he spent part of his childhood.
In 1876, Count Geoffroy de Chateaubriand, grandson of Francois-Rene's eldest brother (Jean-Baptiste de Chateaubriand), undertook its restoration. The project was led by the renowned French architect, Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, whose other restorations include the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval city of Carcassonne, and the castles of Pierrefonds and Vincennes.
Privately owned, the Chateau de Combourg is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Combourg, Ille-et-Vilaine department, France
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11th century

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