In 2014, my husband and I went to France to visit his sister and her husband and to see a stage of the Tour de France.  His sister, a marvelous tour guide, drove us all around the Franche-Comté, including a visit to Château d’Oricourt, a feudal motte.  Motte isn’t a misspelling of “moat” and although a bit similar in effect, it “is a fortification with a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade.”  (Wikipedia)

After the Revolution, the town of Oricourt wanted to get rid of the fortifications and fill in the ditches, saying they were symbols of feudalism.  (Sound familiar??)  Thankfully for those of us interested in the past, the authorities declined this request (and hopefully they were far enough from Paris that no heads rolled) and the castle is now privately owned, but open to the public, and a national monument.

Where there are castles, there must be doors of one sort or another.  Let’s take a look.

The door to the currently occupied part of the castle…

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(Open) doors to the “apartments” in the large pigeon house.  Pigeons were a source of meat and easy to keep from invaders.

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Old doors…

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And doors no longer in use…

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The a-door-able leader of our revolution is Marquis Norm from Chateau Montreal.  You’re always welcome, whether aristocrat or commoner, and no heads will roll.

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    Enjoyable history tour

  2. dweezer19 says:

    Great doors! What an amazing place!

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    Looks beautiful Janet!

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I really enjoyed this little tour. The doors are fantastic as are the other photos.

  5. Beautiful courtyard, and neat history!

  6. marianallen says:

    Fabulous! Even the door not in use is photogenic. 🙂

  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    A fun tour indeed with some interesting history thrown in for good measure. Some lovely old doors in this post. I’m wondering what the mess was like in that pigeon apartment back in the days when it was still in use.

    • I wondered that, too, Norm. Probably great fertilizer but oh, what a smell! However, people didn’t always wash much then, either, so maybe it didn’t seem so bad. 🙂


  8. JT Twissel says:

    Old indeed and woven into a fun narrative!

  9. Such a nice place to explore and find doors and other great stuff. Love your photos, Janet!

  10. prior.. says:

    love the doors and bits of history and so glad they did not fill them in – and hope they do not fill in a lot of our cicil war battlesite ditches

    • Many “theys” want to get rid of statues of Civils War Southerners. You can’t rewrite history, so if you can’t look at them, move them to museums. Yes, people who had slaves had a problem, but many slaves originally came from tribes in Africa who captured them and sold them. Do we even remember or teach that? We shouldn’t sanitize history, but learn from the mistakes and horrors made there.


      • prior.. says:

        well i did not know that – about the tribes.
        and I agree that maybe the museums could hold the artifacts – – and it is still so sad that this topic divided our country – which was about money and fear and slavery – but a lot of white people died trying to rectify this and I sometimes think people forget that.
        Lately there has been discussion about how someone said, “our people” –
        and someone observing her – asked, – “we are all one – so why do you keep distinguishing yourself by the color of your skin ” and Carson said, cut us open for surgery and we are all the same.

      • So true. Ben Carson is a wonderful person and a wise man. When we keep identifying ourselves by our race, we keep the gap open, that’s my opinion. I really don’t care what color you are, if you’re a good person.

        Yes, we had slavery, but we’re also a country that fought itself to get rid of it.

      • prior.. says:

        Janet – I love so much about your comment – so I am taking a picture of it to reflect on later.

      • Aww, thanks! ❤️

      • prior.. says:

        and seriously- I was trying to think of a way to word it when I heard someone say “our people” and so this phrasing was very needed –

  11. billgncs says:

    the pigeon house was amazing… I remember that most from that visit

  12. Ally Bean says:

    “Where there are castles, there must be doors of one sort or another.”

    Best line of my day! Cool photos, too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice old doors, Janet. I bet they’re hard as iron by now.

  14. Tina Schell says:

    Really???? A-door-able?????? Good one Janet – and nice post too 🙂

  15. joey says:

    Love this! Wonderful share.

  16. Leya says:

    I’d gladly join in that tour!

  17. Great historic and rustic doors. 🙂

  18. jesh stg says:

    Oh my goodness, the Tour de France is so popular in Holland! That, skating, and soccer are the mainstays:):) Love the brick the French use for their buildings (it’s not so perfectionistic as the Dutch red brick, haha).

    • Yes, the Dutch always dominate the speed skating events, as we saw again at this year’s Olympics. 🙂 Despite the doping scandals, we love watching the Tour and cycling races in general.


      • jesh stg says:

        Didn’t watch, but my Dutch friends on facebook announced it:) The doping is sad, why do it if you know the chance of being discovered?

  19. Beautiful photographs, Janet, they make me want to go back to France again.

  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    That’s the best kind of visit when you can go inside to explore around. I’ve never seen a pigeon house before – that was really interesting and not at all what I expected!

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