Château d'Ivry-la-Bataille

Château d'Ivry-la-Bataille

Château d'Ivry-la-Bataille is situated in d'Ivry-la-Bataille, Eure département of France. This medieval citadel was constructed in the end of the 10th century by Alberede, wife of Raoul d'Ivry.


Location: d'Ivry-la-Bataille, Eure département  Map

Constructed: 10th- 13th century


Description of Château d'Ivry-la-Bataille

Military fortress of Château d'Ivry-la-Bataille was designed to protect this strategic region of Normandy that was a site of many battles between the French and the invading armies from England. It became a valuable possession during the Hundred Years War. In 1418 it was captured by the English after a siege that lasted for 40 days. In 1424 the French managed to retake the fort, but only briefly. The English soldiers took the castle again, but instead of defending they destroyed upper stories of the buildings so it couldn't be used by the enemy. Nothing but ruins were left on this site as it was became a quarry site for local people. Despite its ruined condition historians believe that d'Ivry- la- Bataille was an expiration for construction of the Tower of London.


Originally the castle was called Ivry- la- Chaussee. It changed on March 14, 1590 when a famous battle was fought in its vicinity between French king Henry IV and forces of the Catholic League. By the time of the battle the castle was reduced to ruins, but its was still a prominent local feature.