Chateau de Maulnes, Cruzy-le-Chatel

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The château de Maulnes, is a 16th-century, Renaissance-style château located in Cruzy-le-Châtel in the department of Yonne, France.

This château was built between 1566 and 1573 and has several unique design features. For example, it has a novel pentagonal-shaped house and is buttressed by five towers, and has a centrally located well surrounded by a spiral staircase.

During the 20th century, the château was in an advanced state of disrepair. In 1942, the château was classified as a historic monument and in 1997 it was purchased by the Conseil General of Yonne. It has since been the focus of historical and archaeological research and restoration. In 2005, the château was made open to the public.

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  • Built in the middle 16th Century, on 6 floors, it is a very mysterious building with an intriguing lack of historical detail. Why was it built as a pentagon (the only period chateau in France with 5.....  more »
  • Having reading in a guide book that the chateau is not to be missed and other press indicating that the chateau was a hidden gem as we were staying in the region we decided to make a visit. We were...  more »
  • Unique pentagonal castle with amazing central staircase over a natural spring. Perched atop a hill overlooking the valley, easily accessible on foot via stairs or in a wheelchair, with a pram etc via a gently sloping path. Guided tour just under an hour to keep everyone's interest. There's even a shuttle bus from various locations. Makes a great family outing!
  • It is a very special place full of surprises, really interesting. The plan and architecture vs will surprise as much as some esoteric dimension I would say. To visit, especially if it is very hot.
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