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A List of French Castles. Every famous castle from France has been included. Originally made of earth and wood, later castles were built of stone, so many still survive today. Spanning a period of 900 years during the middle ages, castles come in many styles of architecture and design. Despite their differences though, they all have one feature in common-- they are fortified. Castles are defensive structures specifically built to withstand attack in the medieval world. Technologies such as arrowslits, murder-holes, and moats further improved their capabilities. Castles finally fell out of favor with the advent of gun powder, as offensive technologies, such as canons, rendered castles largely obsolete.

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Château d'Hardelot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Castles of France
Château d'Hardelot

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Château de Beynac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Castles of France
Château de Beynac Beynac-et-Cazenac

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Château de Châlucet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Castles of France
Château de Châlucet

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Château de Châteauneuf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Chinon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Castles of France
Château de Chinon

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Château de Coucy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Castles of France
Château de Coucy Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique

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Château de Falaise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Foix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Gisors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Gombervaux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Castles of France
Château de Gombervaux

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Château de Montbéliard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Murol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Noirmoutier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Castles of France
Château de Noirmoutier

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Château de Quéribus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Castles of France
Château de Quéribus

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Château de Saint-Jean-d'Angle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Castles of France
Château de Saint-Jean-d'Angle

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Château de Sedan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Vincennes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Castles of France

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Château de Vitré is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Castles of France

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Château des Adhémar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Castles of France
Château des Adhémar Montélimar

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Château du Fleckenstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Castles of France
Château du Fleckenstein Lembach, Bas-Rhin

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Medieval Castle of Pouancé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Castles of France
Medieval Castle of Pouancé

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Tarascon Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Castles of France
Tarascon Castle