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

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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Yvoire: houses in the medieval village are built into the ramparts.
The Gate of Geneva in the ramparts of the medieval village of Yvoire is classified Historical Monument.
The Gate of Rovorée (or Gate of Thonon) built into the ramparts of Yvoire.
Ramparts and fortified gate, historical remains of the medieval village of Yvoire.
Former Watchtower on the side of the lake, in front of Yvoire castle.

Activities in Yvoire

Yvoire : the TOP 10 Things to Do

  1. Garden of Five Senses
  2. Yvoire castle
  3. Fortified medieval village
  4. Flowers and old rocks
  5. Lake Geneva
  6. Yvoire from the lake
  7. Saint Pancras church
  8. Village history
  9. Local specialities
  10. La Châtaignière – Rovorée Domain

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