Defend Yvoire: fortified medieval village

The fortifications of the medieval village, ramparts and gates, used to defend the city located at the bottom of Yvoire castle.

In the 14th century, there was no way of bypassing the village. It crossed the village and the fortified gates built by order of the Comte de Savoie Amédée V, controlled the passage.

The Gate of Geneva built in the ramparts of the medieval village of Yvoire.

The Gate of Geneva (or Gate of Nernier) built in the ramparts of the medieval village of Yvoire.

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Fortifications of Yvoire

Each door was sitting on top of a ten-meter watch tower.
The one on the Gate of Rovorée, in ruins, was probably torn down around 1875.

Another smaller tower was located mid-distance between the two current gates.
With the patrol path along the thick crenelated ramparts which overhung the ditch, the attackers were always within firing range, with no dead angle possible.

Classified “Historical Monument”, the medieval gates deserve our observations from all angles.

Details: the fortified gate of Geneva

Walk under the Gate of Geneva, look up, and observe the arrow slits and the levels upon which was based the flooring.

You’ll notice as well the hinges of the wooden gate which was closed every evening. Behind, look at the quarters where slid the portcullis and the place of the manoeuvring winch used in the traveler, in the old roadway (about 2 meters above the current street).

Pictures of medieval village fortifications of Yvoire

You’ve taken some beautiful pictures of the fortifications of the medieval village of Yvoire?

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The ramparts of the medieval village of Yvoire

Yvoire: houses in the medieval village are built into the ramparts.

The fortified gate of Geneva in Yvoire.

The Gate of Geneva in the ramparts of the medieval village of Yvoire is classified Historical Monument.

The fortified gate of Rovorée in Yvoire.

The Gate of Rovorée (or Gate of Thonon) built into the ramparts of Yvoire.

Yvoire: ramparts and fortified gate.

Ramparts and fortified gate, historical remains of the medieval village of Yvoire.

Watchtower of the medieval village and Yvoire castle.

Former Watchtower on the side of the lake, in front of Yvoire castle.