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A view on Clisson castle at sunset. Clisson castle sits in ... Clisson in the Nantes vineyards. The castle was built on a prompontory over river Sèvre Nantaise by the powerful Clisson family in 13th century. It was a strategic defensive point on Marches de Bretagne (i.e. Brittany Steps), the name given to fortresses protecting the frontier of Duchy of Brittany from France Kingdom (it also includes Fougères, Vitré, Châteaubriant or Ancenis castles for example). The castle was then property of dukes of Brittany and was enforced by Duke François 2nd of Brittany in 15th century. It was abandoned in mid 18th centurt and fired by republican army in 1793 during Vendée war, a civil war that occured in the west of France during French Revolution. The town of Clisson was fired too and the people from Clisson used the castle as a quarry after the Revolution to rebuild their houses. The castle was saved from total destruction by the sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot who fell in love with Clisson and bought the castle in 1807 to keep it away from destruction. The castle was filed as historical monument in 1924. Loire-Atlantique council bought the castle to Lemot family in 1962. It made important restoration works in following decades. The castle is now opened to visit all year long.

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