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The stone donjon at Chambois
The stone donjon at Chambois
Chambois is located in France
Location within Normandy region
Chambois is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 48°48′21″N 0°06′22″E / 48.8058°N 0.1061°E / 48.8058; 0.1061Coordinates: 48°48′21″N 0°06′22″E / 48.8058°N 0.1061°E / 48.8058; 0.1061
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Trun
Intercommunality Pays d'Exmes
Area1 8.3 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 475
 • Density 57.2/km2 (148.2/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 61083 /61160
Elevation 89–156 m (292–512 ft)
(avg. 110 m or 360 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Chambois is a commune in north-western France.[1] It is in the Orne department.[2]

Donjon[change | change source]

The Donjon of Chambois is a small castle, or keep located on the road from Exmes to Falaise. It was built in the second part of 12th century,[3] by William de Mandeville, vassal of Henri Plantagenêt.[4] The height of the rectangular structure is about 26 metres.[3] It was framed by an extension in the southeast angle and by rectangular turrets in every corner. The central volume contained three levels of rooms, each of them with windows, a chimney and, in the angled turrets, annexes. These arrangements illustrated the residential function of the Donjon.

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References[change | change source]

  1., Ville de Chambois; retrieved 2012-5-14.
  2., Town Hall of Chambois; retrieved 2012-5-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1, Donjon de Chambois, XIIe siècle; retrieved 2012-5-14.
  4. Gravett, Christopher and Adam Hook. (2004). Norman Stone Castles (2): Europe 950-1204 p. 15.

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