The town of Airvault, situated in the valley of the river Thouet, is laid out around two historic monuments, the former abbey and the church of St Pierre, and is dominated by the citadel built on a small hill. This strategic position played an important role in the town’s powerful defence system in the Middle Ages.
The château of Airvault is considered to be one of the few remaining examples of 11th century military architecture. From this era there remain the surrounding wall, with its two truncated towers, and the well-preserved keep whose silhouette marks the urban landscape.
The original buildings inside the château walls were replaced in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Surviving buildings include the prison, with its two vaulted cells lit by a loophole.
However, the ravages of time have taken their toll, leaving the château in a fragile state, so action must be taken quickly to preserve it.
The château has been closed to the public for many years, but the new owners want to open this historic building to them so that people can discover its history, magic and poetry. Moreover, by making it available for those wishing to hold special events there, they are demonstrating their aim of revitalizing the château as the heart of the town.
The Association of Friends of the Old Château of Airvault (AVCA) has been set up to unite all those who wish to love, protect and defend it.
The Association has set several aims:
We hope to hear from you soon,