Maulette Chateau

Houdan Keep

Donjon de Houdan

For further information on the actual keep and the openings to the visit, please read just above.

Built at the end of the 12th century in the reign of the Comtes de Montfort, and classed as a Historic Monument since 1840, the function of the Tower was to watch out for enemies and defend the area. But in reality its role was above all deterrent, in that it was said to be impregnable.

The Keep consists of a tower 15 m in diameter and 21 m high, flanked by 4 turrets of the same height situated at the four cardinal points. The doorway, 5 m above the ground, was the only access to the great hall on the 1st floor, reserved for the military commander. Everything was supervised from this hall, and it was not possible to go from one part of the Tower to the other without passing through it.

From the 16th century and up to the Revolution, the Keep was used as a prison, and executions took place at the foot of the Tower. In 1549, Guillaume Léger was hanged for clipping coins. But the rope broke and Léger, still alive, fell to the ground. The King pardoned him on the condition that he “prayed God for the health of the King”.

A first water tank was installed in 1880. The second, from the 1950s, is still visible when entering the tower.

 

Tickets are available directly at the keep : €4 for adults, €2 for children between 6 and 18. Free admission for children under 6 and disabled people (access only to the lower room).

Open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and on the last Sunday of the month : 10 am to 12.30 am and 2 pm to 5.30 pm (doors are closed at 12 and 5).

Please visit www.ledonjondehoudan.fr or Facebook.

For further information on the keep or for the groups visits, please contact the tourist office.