Issogne castle

This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.

Issogne Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Issogne Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

In Issogne, what from the outside looks like a palace, hidden inside a beautiful house courteous, miraculously preserved in its sixteenth-century appearance.

Issogne court - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Issogne court – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The castle, built on a site inhabited since Roman times, has ancient origins in the XII century is documented in a tower belonging to the bishop of Aosta.

Giorgio di Challant - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Giorgio di Challant – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Which later became the property of the family Challant, was enlarged several times until the end of ‘400, through the work of Canon George of Challant, cultured and refined character, the various buildings were brought together to form a complex more homogeneous. Were constructed of loggias, painted the courtyard and some rooms inside, the walls expanded to include a garden.


lun_fruttalunetta fontinaLunetta sartiThe frescoes in the lunettes of the portico of the courtyard of the castle of Issogne made ​​somewhere between 400 and 500, depicting scenes of everyday life and are a great testimony of the time. These paintings alone are worth a visit.

Viret
Viret – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The interior ceilings are noteworthy and retain part of the original furnishings.

affrsalagAlso notable is the chapel, with a magnificent Gothic altar with doors, and the so-called Hall of Justice, fully painted. All the walls of the castle are covered with inscriptions, graffiti and drawings made by the guests of the castle over four centuries. Sayings, quotes, news of events, amorous phrases or scurrilous, constitute a curious and a documentary source of enormous historical value.
ourtesy of Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide translation Enrico Massetti.