Graines castle & unknown Aosta
The fief of Graines is documented since 515, when King Sigismund of Burgundy donated it to the newly formed Abbey of St. Maurice
The castle had the typical layout of Aosta Valley early medieval castles. It had an irregular line of walls, which housed a series of structures such as the large square tower (donjon) and a small chapel, the only ones remaining now
The donjon is square in plan, with a side of more than 5.5 m. It was the castle’s keep and the residence of the castellan or the lord. The entrance was at some 5 metres from the ground. .
The Romanesque chapel, dedicated to St. Martin, has a single nave with a length of 8 metres, ending in a semicircular apse.
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