Belfry, French Heritage monument to Laon

Square in plan, the building was supported four powerful buttresses which one contained the staircase. It included a Dungeon used basement floor (still existing) and two levels of which the first floor was vaulted on ribbed contains
* the ground floor was covered by a ceiling. The studied belfry is probably the one which granted in 1177 to the inhabitants of Laon by their Bishop Roger of Rozoy
* the building became Marshal in 1331 prison
* He is spared in 1596 during the destruction of the neighborhood east of the city to leave place to the Citadel, the belfry is not suffering from the reconstruction of this same Citadel from 1835 to 1847, in which it is included (Northwest bastion). transformed into housing for officers in 1850, it disappears in 1878, with the exception of the basement.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France


Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Belfry, Square in plan, the building was supported four powerful buttresses which one contained the staircase. It included a Dungeon used basement floor (still (...) Belfry, French Heritage monument to Laon 83 laon, aisne

Location and general information

  • identifier : 1930
  • item : beffroi
  • Location of the building :
    • Aisne
    • Laon
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 2408
  • Zip code of the municipality : 02000
  • Order in the communal list : 83
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : belfry
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : destroyed

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 2 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 12th century
    • 4th quarter 12th century
  • Investigation : 1987
  • Date taken into account : 1991/03/01

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • The roof is of type : terrace
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • A mode of coverage listed 'ribbed vault'
  • Floors : 2 type of floors in this manual :
    • basement
    • 2 storey square
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • Plan Type 'ground plan'

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • This building has been assigned the following use : prison


  • Other :
    • No additional information available in our database.
  • Authors of the survey MH :
    • Hérold Michel
    • Plouvier Martine
  • Mérimée reference : IA00066457

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