The castle of Aymavilles

The work of restructuring the castle, the park and the associated buildings still does not permit visits.

The elegant Aymavilles castle

The castle of Aymavilles is certainly the most characteristic and recognizable element of the Community for its position and architecture characterized by the four cylindrical towers crowned by "murder holes" that enclose a central body with a square base.

The building, the origins of which date back to 12th century, was repeatedly reconfigured, changed its use from defensive to that of elegant lordly residence inside a great park.

The first record of the fiefdom and the castle date back to 1278, when it was simple a four-sided tower surrounded by a wall, according to the widespread type of the oldest Valdostan castles. Today, the large surrounding walls of the 13th century tower still exist, characterized by being strongly banked, along with a spinal wall divides it into sections at full height.

In 1357, Aimone de Challant became subject to fiefdom three years before the fiefdom of Aymavilles by Amedeo VI of Savoy, allowing it to operate as the defensive reinforcement of the facility, probably considered too vulnerable particularly the level approach on the surrounding land. The four corner towers were thus made: these have circular bases and are unequal in diameter, height and type of crenellations; "murder holes" and arrow loops were also built, in addition to a double wall with a moat and draw bridge.

At the beginning of 18th century, the external fortifications were demolished and the land was arranged in terraces and gardens, changing the designated use of the building.

After many changes in ownership, the castle was purchased in 1970 by the Regional Administration, which has undertaken major restructuring in these past years. The associated structures (farmhouse, stables) are projected for designated use for functions involved in the area of vitiviniculture, since the Community of Aymavilles belongs to the circuit of the City of Wine and is located on the Route des vins (Wine Road).

The castle towers
The castle towers

The castle history from age to age

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The castle of Aymavilles: a travel from age to age (video in Italian)

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