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Antigny Castle

Château d'Antigny

Antigny Castle, locally known as Château d'Antigny, lies in the village of Antigny-le-Château in the Côte-d'Or department in France.

A Lord of Antigny was first mentioned in 1116, the original castle probably was built around that period. It consisted of a polygonal enclosure with a rectangular keep and was situated on a hillock. It stayed within the hands of the original Antigny family until 1200 when it passed to the Neublans family through marriage.

During the next centuries Antigny Castle passed through the hands of lots of noble houses, amongst whom were the Count of Montbéliard, the Count of Tancarville, the House of Vienne (who were Counts of Commarin). Apparently during the 15th century the castle was enlarged, because the round corner tower was built in that time.

The large rectangular building, seen from the village, dates back to 1624. In 1654, the castle was owned by the House of Damas, who were Barons of Antigny. They were then raised to Marquesses of Antigny. In the 18th century the wing connected to the round tower was built. On its other end is a 14th century chapel. The castle was owned by the House of Damas and their descendants until the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.

I could not find evidence but the castle was probably confiscated and auctioned off during the revolution, for in 1803 it was property of a certain Perrier who let it fall into disrepair. Between 1818 and 1876 it was owned by the mayor of the town of Foissy. In 1910 it was owned by a local farmer who used it for grain storage.

In 1923 Antigny Castle was auctioned off by the local council and bought for under $3,000 by Royall Tyler, an American art historian, economist and diplomat, and his wife Elisina Palamidessi de Castelvecchio, a great-great-granddaughter of Napoleon's brother Louis. They had fallen in love with the castle in 1913 and during their ownership restored it. There they often recieved their friend Edith Wharton, an American novelist and the first woman to win the Pulitzer prize in Literature. The Tyler family owned the castle until 2013.

At present Antigny Castle is strictly private property and can not be visited but it can easily be seen from the village. A nice castle, I especially like the ruin of the original castle.


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Antigny Castle

Château d'Antigny

Antigny Castle, locally known as Château d'Antigny, lies in the village of Antigny-le-Château in the Côte-d'Or department in France.

A Lord of Antigny was first mentioned in 1116, the original castle probably was built around that period. It consisted of a polygonal enclosure with a rectangular keep and was situated on a hillock. It stayed within the hands of the original Antigny family until 1200 when it passed to the Neublans family through marriage.

During the next centuries Antigny Castle passed through the hands of lots of noble houses, amongst whom were the Count of Montbéliard, the Count of Tancarville, the House of Vienne (who were Counts of Commarin). Apparently during the 15th century the castle was enlarged, because the round corner tower was built in that time.

The large rectangular building, seen from the village, dates back to 1624. In 1654, the castle was owned by the House of Damas, who were Barons of Antigny. They were then raised to Marquesses of Antigny. In the 18th century the wing connected to the round tower was built. On its other end is a 14th century chapel. The castle was owned by the House of Damas and their descendants until the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.

I could not find evidence but the castle was probably confiscated and auctioned off during the revolution, for in 1803 it was property of a certain Perrier who let it fall into disrepair. Between 1818 and 1876 it was owned by the mayor of the town of Foissy. In 1910 it was owned by a local farmer who used it for grain storage.

In 1923 Antigny Castle was auctioned off by the local council and bought for under $3,000 by Royall Tyler, an American art historian, economist and diplomat, and his wife Elisina Palamidessi de Castelvecchio, a great-great-granddaughter of Napoleon's brother Louis. They had fallen in love with the castle in 1913 and during their ownership restored it. There they often recieved their friend Edith Wharton, an American novelist and the first woman to win the Pulitzer prize in Literature. The Tyler family owned the castle until 2013.

At present Antigny Castle is strictly private property and can not be visited but it can easily be seen from the village. A nice castle, I especially like the ruin of the original castle.


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