Château de Chillon

Château de Chillon

 

Chillon is probably Switzerland's most famous castle, sited on a rock projecting out into Lake Geneva. Fortifications have been built in this position since Roman times. In its present form, the château comprises banquet halls, courtyards with many fountains, and a dungeon.

François de Bonivard was held in the Château by the Dukes of Savoy for six years before being liberated by the Bernese. Lord Byron described this in his The Prisoner of Chillon after visiting Chillon in 1816 - his name can be seen carved into a pillar in the dungeon, allegedly by the poet himself!

Chateau de Chillon


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