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Castle of Dourdan

Place du Général de Gaulle
91410 Dourdan

Latitude : 48.529577 / Longitude : 2.011377

01 64 59 66 83
Built around 1222 at the request of Philippe Auguste, this powerful fortress was intended to protect the outskirts of Paris and Chartres.


The castle of Dourdan, completed in 1222 by Philippe Auguste, replaced a wooden edifice dating from Hugues Capet. Its regular plan is typical from the “Philippian” system. In the Île-de-France region, Dourdan is one of the only 13th century fortresses which preserved most of its structures: dungeons, towers, dry gaps… From 1672, the castle was transformed into a royal jail by Philippe of Orléans.
Since it became a departmental jail during the French Revolution, it housed prisoners until 1852.
A symbol of the royal authority, the dungeon has a circular shape and three levels. It is a remarkable example of military architecture, with beautiful lancet arches. It is 26 meters high. The upper part of the dungeon, formerly composed of hoards and a pointed roof, disappeared. Now only a terrace remains, from which we can admire a splendid view on the whole town of Dourdan and its surroundings.

Informations pratiques


From 01/01 to 31/12/2024, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.


Full price: 5 €
Reduced price: 2.50 to 1 €.

Free entry for children - 7 years.


Visites individuelles

Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request

Visites groupées

Unguided group tours on request
Guided group tours on request




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