Chateau de la Batie, Vienne, France

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Chateau de la Batie, Vienne, France

Far from creepy, Vienne’s Pipet Cemetery is actually quite beautiful. Climbing to the top of the hill is a fantastic experience as it provides a view of the fantastic ruins of the medieval castle. The view of Chateau de la Batie seems straight out of an 18th century romantic painting—rugged hill, rocky cliffs, ruined castle, grey cemetery—and yet, the view is entirely authentic. Perched at the top of Mont Salomon, the castle was built on the foundations of Roman ruins in the 1225 by the archbishop of Vienne in order to protect the city from would-be medieval attackers. While the castle is not open to the public, it turns a rather ordinary landscape into something dramatic, romantic and even extraordinary to behold.

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