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Château des Tours

  • Anse

06 83 05 35 85

1 place du 8 mai 1945
69480 Anse

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A medieval castle, built by Renaud de Forez, comprising of a cylindrical dungeon, a semicircular tower and a central rectangular main building. In the inside you will find Gallo-Roman mosaics, a small archaeological museum, a ceremonial hall, a prison, and a hoarding.

Currently, all visits to the Château des Tours are suspended because the castle is closed due to renovation work.

Château des Tours (13th century). Small archaeological museum. Built in rubble and country limestone. The castle comprises a cylindrical donjon (1213) to the south, a semicircular tower to the north (1217-1218) having maintained its 13th century roof and a central rectangular main building (1218). 15th century spiral staircase.
The complex assembly of pieces of oak wood used for the defence of the castle has been preserved. This vestige is of exceptional interest considering that it is the oldest in france (dating using dendrochronology).
A late 2nd century mosaic classified as a "Historic Monument" that was discovered in 1843 on the site of the Grange du Bief is exhibited at the Château. This mosaic is incomplete (1/8) (71.10m X 3.20m) would have measured 16m X 11m.
It also contains a fragment of Claude's Borne Milliaire, discovered along a country lane. This terminal, dated 43 A.D., confirms that Anse was a fortified point on the great Roman road from Lyon heading north.

Spoken languages

  • fr

Adapted tourism

  • Accessible en fauteuil roulant en autonomie

Equipment

  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Toilets
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Services

  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Tour free of charge
  • Tourist information
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Activities

  • Temporary exhibition
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Opening hours

From 24/03 to 30/06/2018, 2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday of the month at 3 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2018, every Tuesday at 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 10/11/2018, 2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday of the month at 3 pm.

From 05/06 to 01/07/2019, 2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday of the month.