Visit the Chateau Pontivy in Morbihan, Brittany
The castle in Pontivy is a highlight of a visit to the town's medieval centre.
Although an earlier castle stood in the same location, that had been destroyed in 1342 - the current castle dates from 1485, when it was built by the powerful Rohan family. Hence it is also known as the Chateau des Rohan.
The accommodation in the castle underwent a substantial transformation in the 18th century to become more comfortable - note especially the impressive decorated fireplaces and the imposing staircase.
There is thus a significant difference in styles between the two parts - the one being 'medieval fortress' with heavily defended walls once surrounded by moats; and the other the more decorative later developments.
Map showing location of Chateau Pontivy