Castle at Fougères (1976)

Unlike the castle in nearby Vitré, the 15th century castle at Fougères in Brittany was spectacularly unsuccessful as a military fortification. Although the walls are as much as six meters thick, the castle repeatedly failed to withstand surprise attacks and sieges. One likely reason was the location. Instead of the high ground castles normally occupy, this one sprawls over two hectares in a valley.

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