Archaeologists find a medieval castle with a moat under a hotel in France 02:02

Scientists from the French National Institute for Archaeological Research (INARP) have discovered the ruins of a 16th-century castle beneath the historic Hotel Lagorce in the town of Vannes in France’s northwestern Brittany region. The article was published on the official INARP website.

From the 10th to the 16th centuries, Brittany was a feudal state that emerged after the expulsion of the Vikings. The discovered castle was once occupied by Henry IV, who came to power in 1365. It belonged to Jean de Montfort. The aristocrat’s castle was called Ermin.

Ermine castle was used for nearly a century until Jean IV, grandson of Francis II, moved the capital of the Duchy of Brittany from Vannes to Nantes.

During excavations in the hotel courtyard, archaeologists found the first floor of the Duke’s residence and the remains of a tower rising above the outer moat.

The castle was approximately 42 meters long and 17 meters wide, and the thickness of its walls reached 5.5 meters. Several staircases as well as stucco and ornate door jambs have been preserved inside the castle. According to researchers, medieval architects managed to skillfully combine defensive functions with residential functions in Ermine.

Archaeologists discovered many objects related to the life of the castle in the moat and drainage ditches: pots, pans, other utensils, coins, clothes and shoe buckles, keys and other artifacts.

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Source: Gazeta

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