Peyrelade, France. This important Medieval castle had large walls surrounding a unique central keep that was built out of a vertical spire of rock more than 50m (163 ft) high. It was the scene of incessant battles and sieges. I'll post more in the comments (including some model reconstructions).


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  • Cheers! No matter how long I stare at my screen to correct all mistakes, I ALWAYS miss something... It takes me x time to write out a comment, but 50x time to edit said comment before it's legible... Bugger, I even had to edit this.
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  • How often did the castle fall? From your description, it seemed like it only fell once to the English, albeit briefly. My other thought was how the hell do they get water and supplies up there? In the model it looked like a bit of terraced farming was going on, but during a prolonged siege... ?
  • How often did the castle fall? I could not say exactly how much. However, it was besieged a great many times and it thus almost certainly "fell" numerous times. For example, it was burned after two months of siege at the end of the 14th century. In fact, according to a French website I was looking at, the castle was "besieged and plundered repeatedly". My other thought was how the hell do they get water and supplies up there? Often times castles such as this would have a cistern to store water. Although, there does not appear to be such a cistern here. Thus, your guess is as good as mine. My first guess would be that the keep must of had some kind of tunnel connecting the castle all the way to ocean. Of course sea water is not of much use for drinking, so this exceptionally long tunnel must have also been a tunnel through time. Such a "time tunnel" could have then connected the landlocked Middle Ages castle to a modern desalinization plant by the sea. On second thought, your guess is probably better than mine.
  • I was just trying to figure out how the castle made sense. It is in a strategic location, but it seems like if you were invading, just hang out at the bottom of the rock for a bit until the castle ran out of supplies. It's a bit too large just to be a scouting outpost. I was trying to do a bit of research, but there's not too much out there it seems. My guess (and just a guess) is that it wasn't meant as a permanent barrier, just more of a delay to any invaders. They have to deal with the inhabitants of the castle (maybe the tunnel was to give the inhabitants some semblance of 'maybe you can escape'). Meanwhile, with the views from the castle, scouts and riders could alert those farther up the valley to anyone coming, and give some prep time. Anyways, thanks for bringing this interesting castle to my attention!
  • The answer regarding water is wells. Regarding food, granaries. The castle would have had dry storage for grains. It's also a definite possibility that the people who lived in the village would be expelled before or during a siege, it wasn't unheard of.
  • I assumed (because assumption is saxy), that there would be no wells at such an elevation/location. Although, it is entirely possible that a well could exist. There could even be a natural spring for all I know.
  • A well inside the keep might have to be pretty deep, but down in the bailey it would be easy.
  • Wouldn't the wells have to be super deep in a castle built in a high rock cliff? The water table would have to be below the valley floor.
  • I was thinking the wells would be in the bailey. And water tables rise where there's hills, so wells in the bailey wouldn't have to be too deep. Edit: look at the first pic in the comments: the castle actually extends all the way down to the ground, so there could be a well in that part.
  • Hmm... I'm visiting France next year... maybe I'll have to stop by and confirm this. I'm sure my girlfriend would understand... "Hey, um, I gotta stop by this castle? And look for wells? It's for Reddit. Cool?"
  • That is incredible! Thank you for this
  • Wow!
  • Beautiful.
  • When I saw the first pic, I thought that was the entire castle. And wondered how 250 people could fit onto that tiny pinnacle of rock, let alone live there. Then, The second pic explained it. cool castle.
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