Aigle Castle, Aigle

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Aigle Castle is a castle in the municipality of Aigle of the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
The Barons of Aigle were first mentioned in 1179. At that time they had a small fortification, that became the center of the modern castle, along the road over the Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses passes of the Rhone. However, only traces of this first castle have been archaeologically discovered.
Some time before 1200, the Barons of Aigle ended up as vassals of the powerful Counts of Savoy. In 1232, Count Thomas of Savoy granted Aigle as a fief to the brothers Jacob and Peter of Saillon in exchange for their ancestral castle in Valais. The Saillon family seems to have been closely related with the barons of Aigle.
In the second half of the 13th Century, Aigle expanded and received a city charter. The castle was rebuilt, with a fortified donjon and a curtain wall.
In the 14th Century, the Lords of Compey inherited the rights of the Saillon family. They were also vassals of the Counts of Savoy and made Aigle into their headquarters. They added turrets and in 1450 built a massive tower in the south corner. This tower was an example of late French Donjon architecture.
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  • The setting is the monument are beautiful are friendly, but unfortunately the content is quite poor, parts with just a few posters, little material and no animation yet in the middle of August
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  • This castle is surrounded by vineyards and friendly little alleys that you have to walk through. During the visit of the castle you will be able to see many tools used in time for the harvest. There are also some very informative films about wine in the canton of Vaud.
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  • Absolutely loved the calm and charm of this place. Interesting displays on wine making and fascinating rooms with beautiful ancient grafitti. Enchanting setting, a nice train ride out from Montreux and a lovely tea room in the town! Strongly recommended for an enjoyable trip avoiding the worst of the tourist throngs.
  • Nice chateau, surrounded by mountains and wine valley. It is all winery themed.
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