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.
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
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Activities in Yvoire
Yvoire : the TOP 10 Things to Do
- Garden of Five Senses
- Yvoire castle
- Fortified medieval village
- Flowers and old rocks
- Lake Geneva
- Yvoire from the lake
- Saint Pancras church
- Village history
- Local specialities
- La Châtaignière – Rovorée Domain
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