Defensive tower in the wall of the castle with the Western corner tower behind, and the dry moat, Chateau de Dourdan, built 1220-22 by Guillaume de Flamenville under Philippe Auguste, replacing an earlier wooden structure, Dourdan, Hurepoix, Essonne, France. Here we also see an example of a wooden catapult of the kind used in the 13th century. The castle is built on a square plan, with towers along the sides, at 3 of the corners and an isolated donjon at the 4th, and is surrounded by a dry moat. From 1672-1852 it became a prison, and now houses a history museum. The castle became an Historical Monument in 1964. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Defensive tower in the wall of the castle with the Western corner tower behind, and the dry moat, Chateau de Dourdan, built 1220-22 by Guillaume de Flamenville under Philippe Auguste, replacing an earlier wooden structure, Dourdan, Hurepoix, Essonne, France. Here we also see an example of a wooden catapult of the kind used in the 13th century. The castle is built on a square plan, with towers along the sides, at 3 of the corners and an isolated donjon at the 4th, and is surrounded by a dry...
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