Volkrange Castle

Volkrange Castle, locally known as Château de Volkrange, lies in the village of the same name in the Moselle department in France.

The first castle at this site was built between 1242 and 1248 by Arnoux II, Lord of Volkrange. It was built on a rectangular moated site. At some point this castle was destroyed. In the 16th century the main residential wing was rebuilt. In 1671 the castle was restored from the damages it had sustained during the 30-Years War.

In the first half of the 18th century the castle was modernized by fitting it with new doorways, windows and interior. Also new outbuildings were built. In 1840 the estate was bought by Barthélemy Bompard. A year later he had a new mansion built next to the moated site. Later that century he also had a chapel, with pastiche Romanesque door and windows, installed in the old castle.

In 1952 the estate was sold to the Fathers of the Sacred Heart and in 1996 to the local council.

At present there is a hotel restaurant in the 19th century Bompard mansion. The old castle is used by the Amis-du-Vieux-Château association. When I visited they were still restoring the old castle and its interior was closed. On their website I see that they did a nice job, so I would like to return to visit.


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Volkrange Castle

Volkrange Castle, locally known as Château de Volkrange, lies in the village of the same name in the Moselle department in France.

The first castle at this site was built between 1242 and 1248 by Arnoux II, Lord of Volkrange. It was built on a rectangular moated site. At some point this castle was destroyed. In the 16th century the main residential wing was rebuilt. In 1671 the castle was restored from the damages it had sustained during the 30-Years War.

In the first half of the 18th century the castle was modernized by fitting it with new doorways, windows and interior. Also new outbuildings were built. In 1840 the estate was bought by Barthélemy Bompard. A year later he had a new mansion built next to the moated site. Later that century he also had a chapel, with pastiche Romanesque door and windows, installed in the old castle.

In 1952 the estate was sold to the Fathers of the Sacred Heart and in 1996 to the local council.

At present there is a hotel restaurant in the 19th century Bompard mansion. The old castle is used by the Amis-du-Vieux-Château association. When I visited they were still restoring the old castle and its interior was closed. On their website I see that they did a nice job, so I would like to return to visit.


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