Visit Creully (Normandy, France)
Although it is best known for Creully Castle, the town itself has a couple of buildings of interest and merits a visit.
The most important monuments include the 12th century (although later modified) romanesque style Church of Saint Martin, and the historic 'halls' - buildings with stone arcades on the first floor dating as far back as the 13th-17th centuries (now incorporated in hotels and shops).
You can also see a 17th century mill building below the castle ramparts, and the 18th century building that once housed the gendarmerie.
In the centre of Creully village, the castle was originally built in the 11th century as a grand manor house, and it was later during the 14th century and the Hundred Years War that the building was fortified to become a defensive castle - at various times during the war it was held by both the English and the French, and each added further modifications and defences, including the two towers.
After the end of the Hundred Years War the castle was in part demolished, then rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century - from which time on it had a more peaceful existence, and certain defences were removed eg the ditch around the outside of the castle, while enhancements were made to make it more comfortable for living in. As a result of these centuries of activity and change Creully castle today features architecture from a variety of epochs.
The castle also contains a small 'radio Museum' dedicated to the fact that the BBC established their first radio station in France after the D-day landings in the tower of Creully castle.
A visit to the region around Creully has a great deal of historical interest for visitors. These sites include the famous medieval tapestry at Bayeux and the Normandy Landing Beaches, both very popular destinations with visitors. Perhaps it is less well known that Caen also has a great deal of interesting historical monuments.
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Address: Creully, Caen, Calvados, Normandy, 14480 || GPS: latitude 49.284444, longitude -0.539444
Map of Creully & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Creully, France
- Jardins du château de Brécy - remarkable garden
- Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) - religious monument (2km)
- Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) - religious monument (4km)
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville) - religious monument (4km)
- Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) - religious monument (12km)
- Bayeux - secteur sauvegarde (12km)
- Abbaye de Caen (Caen) - religious monument (17km)
- Plantbessin - remarkable garden (21km)
- Villers-Bocage - village d'etape (24km)
- Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) - religious monument (30km)
The French version of this page is at Creully (Francais)