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Palais de l'Isle

Listed under in Rhone-Alps, France.

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The lovely thing about this castle, nee prison, is that it's in the middle of Annecy's Thiou canal. It may not have been lovely for the people who lived there, but its triangular shape and the way it cuts the canal in two is quite interesting to look at.

It was built around 1132 – I'd be interested to hear quite how, if they stopped the waters first or what – and has since been a court, a mint, several different prisons (once during WW2), and today it's the local history museum.

Written by  Sarah Knighton.

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