Gruyères Part 2 & Monochrome Madness

I’m combining my second post on Gruyères with this week’s Monochrome Madness submission which – unusual for me – doesn’t feature an animal! Don’t get used to it! 🙂 I liked the way the top of the gate – arched, with a thingamajig on top – echoes the shape of the mountain behind. And then there all the different straight line textures as well. It was surprising to me, when looking at a map or seeing the castle and town from a distance, to see how far away the mountains actually were…on site it felt like they were looming over my shoulder all the time, it felt as if I could almost reach out and touch them.

Anyway, back to MMC, to see everyone else’s great submissions head on over to Leanne Cole’s blog, click here.

Click on each image for larger view.Gate to Gruyères castle grounds, black and white


After lunch the rest of the family opted not to climb up to the castle (this was not their first trip to see it), so I made a whirlwind tour of it, just capturing images that caught my eye on the way around. I wish now I had images of the interior, but I didn’t have a tripod with me and I only saw a few of the rooms. Finding extensive history of the castle is difficult, so I resorted to Wikipedia, which has this to say about it.

“The castle was constructed between 1270 and 1282 in the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. The end of the 15th century stands out as the golden age in the history of the counts. In 1476, count Louis takes part in the Burgundy war by the Confederates’ side. Following this deed of valour, modernization works were undertaken. The castle loses its fortress appearance to become a stately residence.”

Below: the entrance to the castleSteps to Gruyères castle entrance

The next 3 images show the forecourt of the castle.

Looking east from Gruyères castle forecourtLooking east from Gruyères castle forecourtLooking east from Gruyères castle forecourt

This small chapel, below, was also located in the castle forecourt next to, but outside the castle keep, which you can see next to it. There were tiny rooms, possibly cells (?), inside that tower that forms part of the keep wall, and it must have been miserably cold in there.

The small chapel in the Gruyères castle forecourt

Below are various views of and from the castle ramparts and include the French gardens within the castle walls…you can see the maze which in summer is filled with flowers.

Looking northeast from Gruyères castle ramparts

The maze garden in Gruyères castle from the ramparts Looking along Gruyères castle garden ramparts Ramparts next to Gruyères churchLooking east from Gruyères castle ramparts

Looking north along Gruyères castle garden ramparts

Looking down into the castle keep’s small courtyard. This part of the structure is the main living area.

Overlooking the courtyard in Gruyères castle

Looking out over the town from one of the castle windows, over top of the town towards, I think the southwest.

Looking west from inside Gruyères castle

The archway that leads into and out of the castle looking more or less southwest or SSW. The town is to the right, the church that you saw in yesterday’s post to the left.

Looking southwest from Gruyères castle entrance



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