Proudly altering the shoreline of Lake Geneva, the Château de Chillon has been around for quite some time; the earliest written document to reference it is dated to 1150 AD. It’s been mentioned a few times since then. Rousseau used the castle’s location near Montreux, Switzerland for a scene in “La Nouvelle Héloïse”, published in 1762. Just around 50 years later, in 1816, the famous poet Lord Byron wrote “The Prisoner of Chillon” which takes place in the castle’s dungeon.
Excerpt from Stanza II of “The Prisoner of Chillon” by Lord Byron
There are seven pillars of Gothic mould,
In Chillon’s dungeons deep and old,
There are seven columns massy and grey,
Dim with a dull imprison’d ray.
A sunbeam which hath lost its way,
And through the crevice and the cleft
Of the thick wall is fallen and left…
The other castle featured in the Daily Dose is the Swallow’s Nest in Crimea, Ukraine. It’s much newer than the Château de Chillon, built between 1911 and 1912 by architect Leonid Sherwood. It has actually survived an earthquake and lay vacant for many years following. More damage was done to the cliff than the structure of the castle itself, and it’s since been reopened for tours and dining in the restaurant inside.
Not the ideal residence for sleepwalkers, but a breathtaking (quite literally for those afraid of heights!) location nonetheless. If you know of other blog-worthy castles or have visited a few yourself, leave a comment and share your experience!