The Chillon Castle

Week 17/52

The Chillon Castle has been around for over 1000 years. The castle that exists today is a medieval style castle that was built in the thirteenth century, on the site of a castle built in the ninth century. Its’ first use is believed to be that of a strategic post for Roman soldiers during the early Middle Ages. The foundation of the current castle was built by the bishops of the Sion and Rhone valley during the eleventh century. The first writing about this castle appeared in 1160, and it was at that time that the castle came under siege and was captured.

From 1189 until the thirteenth century, various counts of Savoy ruled the castle. Count Thomas of Savoy began the modifications and enlargements on the castles in 1189, and these changes continued through the thirteenth century. Pierre II of Savoy (Peter II of Savoy) has been accredited for the current structure of the Chillon Castle. His construction consisted of the outer walls, towers and buildings. Machicoulis reinforce the curtain that faces inward as well as the four largest towers. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the gate in the castle was rebuilt, and height was added to the walls and each of the towers. All other major structures were built during this time period. For nearly two centuries, the castle was used as a summer residence for various counts of Savoy.

In 1536, the Bernese captured Canton Vaud, the southwestern area of Switzerland’s plateau region and the northern part of Lake Geneva, and the castle became the location of the Bernese bailiff and it was used as an arsenal. It stayed this way until 1798 when the Swiss revolution took place. Throughout the nineteenth century, the castle was used as a prison for the military.

Castle Chillon is best known for its location. It is located on an island in Lake Geneva (Lake Leman). It has been built in the most strategic place on Lake Geneva’s northern shore. Lake Geneva grants access to France, northern Italy and western Switzerland. The castle has been placed where the foothills from the Bernese Alps lead down to Lake Geneva, which leaves only a small path along its shores. This is ideal for the castle because it gave the ruler of the castle control of the lake passage, as well as the road passage. The castle is by one of the most important trade and military routes of the time. The castle could only be accessed by a bridge that leads to the gatehouse.

Although the castle has over two dozen buildings and three courtyards, it is best known for its dungeons. The dungeons were carved out of the rock that supports the castle’s foundations. Even when there were no permanent rulers of the castle, it was used as a prison.

F/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO – 100, Photoshop CS6

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Posted on April 27, 2015, in Photography, Projects 52, Travel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 68 Comments.

  1. Good photography and I enjoyed your informational article.

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  2. Richly atmospheric. It has a mild horror-movie feel to it, like the movie “Shutter Island” or the asylum in the television series “American Horror Story.” Beautiful shot!

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  3. Oh, that is a very cool castle. I like that angle with the base at water level…and it has a rich dark ancient look!! Love that!

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  4. agcreationsnz

    This brings back memories of when i used to live just down the road from there, nice shot, although my memories of it are more romanticised and bright from my summer explorations.

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  5. Thank you for liking “Strange Passage.” I enjoyed looking at your nice photo of Chillon Castle and reading about its sad but interesting history. Wow, this castle is over 1000 years old! It is hard for me to imagine existing that long. 🙂

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  6. Interesting castle and good write up about it’s history.

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  7. Thank you for this compelling narrative about this fascinating castle. I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more.

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  8. That’s beautiful.

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  9. Awesome shot!! I was there in May–beautiful place!

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  10. nice post, beautiful shot

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  11. I like the brooding light of this photograph. It emphasis the somewhat menacing aspect of the Fort!

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  12. Lovely chateau! Merci for visiting 24/7 in France, author of “Solitary Desire-One Woman’s Journey to France” (video http://youtu.be/xG_YTa5sDac)

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  13. Great shot! Real eery looking.

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  14. Beautifully photographed and loved all the information– we visited the Castle Chillon a few times the years we lived in Spain– a great place to explore in such a beautiful setting–

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  15. Dungeons on Lake Geneva! Go figure. Thanks for the info that complements the photo. Always nice to see you’ve checked out my site!

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  16. My wife and I were there in June, via a side-paddle steamer ride from Lausanne – but we had scaffolding messing up the Chateau…B-( WONDERFUL place though!

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  17. PS: graffiti from the likes of Lord Byron in the dungeons.

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  18. I really like this shot of Chillon! Typically you see the castle from the other side and the image is reflected in the perfectly still lake shore. Your photo has an almost spooky quality that looks so raw with the wintery colors and the choppy water. Cool!

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  19. Now, That’s a castle! Beautiful shot.

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  20. A truely mystical place

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  21. Great descriptions and photos!

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  22. your post made me want to hop on the train 🙂

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  26. I think the angle is very good and the misty atmosphere nicely enhances the mood. One thing I would have changed if I was taking the shot would be to get a little lower so that the branch from the right side framed the castle at the top right rather than intersecting the roof lines of the castle. I was also wondering whether you might have been able to get more of a velvety appearance to the small waves on the water if you used a neutral density filter and that would have blend nicely with the misty look visible on the left side?

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  27. Thanks for checking out my recent blog post 🙂 Lovely shot of Chateau Chillon!

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  28. World’s most beautiful prison! Your shot makes it look other-worldly.

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  29. Thanks for sharing this! I have always had a fascination with castles, and enjoyed reading this.

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  30. Thank you for liking a post of mine. After seeing your photographs , that’s high praise indeed.

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