MOUNT PRIDE CASTLE
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Built in the 13th century to protect the island of Jersey against the French enemy, the spectacular castle of Mont Orgeuil, built on the side of a granite rock, overlooking the small port of Gorey, was notably besieged by Bertrand du Guesclin in 1373, during the Hundred Years War. As the art of war continued to progress, the castle became more and more vulnerable to the new power of cannons. In spite of important fortification works, it lost all strategic value after the construction of the Elizabeth Castle in Saint-Hélier. It was thus transformed into barracks and prison. During the Civil War, parliamentarians and royalists were imprisoned there. During the French Revolution, many emigrant French nobles resided there. The castle was first restored in 1907, before it was opened to the public, then in 1945, after the Germans left, and finally in 2003. At the entrance of the castle, you can access 3 exterior courtyards.
To the left of the Outer Ward is the Harliston Tower, built in 1470 to protect the entrance. It was the first part of the castle to be reinforced to resist cannon attacks. A long open corridor leads to the old castle gate. To the right is the Barbican Postern.
The Lower Ward. On the left side is the great rampart built by George de Carteret in 1640, during the English Civil War, when the castle was held by the Royalists. The carved coat of arms of Charles II can be seen here. At the end is Queen's Gate, behind which a grand staircase leads to St. George's Tower. The Middle Ward. It appears very small today because of the buildings dating from the 16th century, when the walls were thickened and the imposing Somerset Towe keep built. In the middle of the courtyard are the ruined walls of St. George's Chapel and the Burgros Tower. On the left you can see Castle Hall, the old medieval keep, and on the right the new keep built in thesecond half of the 16th century. From here one can reach the terrace above Sumerset Tower to observe the view of the entire east coast of Jersey and the French coast.
Within the castle walls, an exhibition recounts the great episodes of Jersey's history, its many heroes being represented by wax figures. The comments are also in French. In another room, various objects that belonged to the guests of Mont Orgueil are on display. A visit is mandatory!
Opening time and information on MOUNT PRIDE CASTLE
Mid-March to October, 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm; December to mid-March, Friday to Monday from 10am to 4pm. 13.95/adult.
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