chateau-de-Fallais-c-Pixel-Komando-Vincent-Ferooz.jpgVue sur le château de Fallais et ses douves
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Fallais Castle

Château de Fallais is a medieval fortified castle in the commune of Braives. Built on the banks of the Mehaigne river, it is a large quadrilateral with four circular corner towers and a moat. The château was built over several centuries, from the 14th to the 18th. It was extensively restored in 1881 by architect Auguste van Assche, who preserved the original layout but considerably altered the character of the building.

The château comprises an entrance châtelet with two peppered turrets, a Burgundy quarter and tower rebuilt in 1881 after being destroyed by French armies in 1675, and a grand logis and Saint-Jean tower probably from the 16th century but modified by van Assche. The logis seigneurial occupies the presumed site of the original keep, built in the 11the century and later incorporated into the residential wing.
A curtain wall links the south wing to the Grignard tower, located at the northeast corner and rebuilt in 1757 as a dovecote after being bombed in 1675. In the bailey are an old barn and stables, which once formed an outdoor esplanade surrounded by a moat.

The château grounds are open to the public from 10am to 5pm, for a fee of 2 euros per person (aged 6 and over). Visitors are asked to supervise their children because of the moat, to keep their dogs on a leash and to respect the cleanliness and tranquility of the grounds.

Did you know?

Between 1936 and 1982, the château was transformed into a home for the elderly.
Johnny Halliday’s father stayed there.