The Fantasy Castle (like the real, the first one)

2017-02-03 Khaiell

"Chillon! thy prison is a holy place, / And thy sad floor an altar" wrote Lord Byron, the father of the Romantic movement (and also the father of the first programmer Ada Lovelace). Whenever you crawl a dungeon in Descent, Dungeons&Dragons or Baldur's Gate, you are retracing the 1816 poet's visit to Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva.

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Castle Chillon and Lake Geneva
Castle ChillonLake Geneva and Mount BlancCastle Chillon's dungeon where the prisoner was keptCastle Chillon's underground chapelMedieval Cannons of Castle ChillonCastle Chillon and Lake GenevaCastle Chillon: inner courtyardNote that the castle originally had full plasterwork as seen on this towerCastle Chillon: the bedroom of the lordCastle Chillon: a fireplace in the dining roomCastle Chillon: treasure chestCastle Chillon: treasure chestCastle Chillon: barrels to ride to the lakeCastle Chillon: medieval toiletCastle Chillon: Lord Byron's graffiti

„There are seven pillars of Gothic mould,
In Chillon's dungeons deep and old,
There are seven columns, massy and grey,
Dim with a dull imprison'd ray,”
— Lord Byron „The Prisoner of Chillon”

Whether you came here to see the smoke on the water coming from Montreux, admire the magnificent view of the Mont Blanc or you just ran away from the troubles of the world and wanted to say a farewell to arms you must see the castle. You will not see many orks or goblins but you will be able to indulge in the atmosphere of a medieval labyrinth of rooms, and dungeons; armouries and vaults with raws of tempting chests; walls, towers and much, much more.

„Lake Leman lies by Chillon's walls:
A thousand feet in depth below
Its massy waters meet and flow;
Thus much the fathom-line was sent
From Chillon's snow-white battlement,
Which round about the wave inthralls:
A double dungeon wall and wave
Have made—and like a living grave
Below the surface of the lake
The dark vault lies wherein we lay:
We heard it ripple night and day;
Sounding o'er our heads it knock'd;”
— Lord Byron „The Prisoner of Chillon”

Enjoy the pictures!

See the pictures as separate pages: Castle Chillon and Lake Geneva * Castle Chillon * Lake Geneva and Mount Blanc * Castle Chillon's dungeon where the prisoner was kept * Castle Chillon's underground chapel * …more

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