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Château de Saint Vidal




This imposing fortress in the valley of the river Borne was the fief of the de la Tour de Saint-Vidal family.
Originally, in the 13th century, it was a fortified house which the Saint-Vidals extended in the 14th and 15th centuries. It was converted in the 16th century by Antoine II de Saint-Vidal, and adapted for artillery with a keep being added to the existing three towers ; a defensive wall was also built.
Antoine II de Saint-Vidal was appointed Governor of Velay and Gévaudan. As Head of the League he fought the protestants and rebelled against Henry IV who had Saint-Vidal besieged in 1591.
The castle has kept its feudal origins with its vaulted cellars and a pointed style kitchen with enormous fireplaces.
Renaissance windows, sculptured stone doorway, French-style ceilings, cross-arched vaulted gallery around the inner courtway - these are some of the more decorative characteristics ; and for more defensive purposes there are several loop-holes and oriels.
Listed Historical Monument.

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Château de Saint Vidal

43320 Saint Vidal

Tel : +33 4 71 08 03 68
Fax :

Contact : Monsieur Bernard SAHY

Railroad Station : Le Puy en Velay (10 Km)
Airport : Saint Etienne (50 Km)

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Leisure on site :

Leisure nearby :

  • Park
  • Museum
  • Horseback riding
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor Tennis
  • Golf 18 holes

Parking :

  • Outdoor parking

Situation :

  • Countryside