Betz-le-Château ~ troglodyte caverns and passageways


Cover ~ "Souterrains du Centre-Ouest" by Jerome et Laurent Triolet

The château at Betz-le-Château in the South Touraine has a number of extensive man-made subterranean passageways.  The word Betz is often associated with such workings that were used as wartime defences, escape routes and refuges.

The short publication Souterrains du Centre-Ouest (see left) has a number of diagrams showing thee subterranean workings. I have reproduced them below.

The excellent, full supporting article, written in French, along with other essays and images by Jerome and Laurent Triolet, are available here.

Betz-le-Chateau ~ underground system of passageways

Betz-le-Chateau ~ system of defence and exits

Betz-le-Chateau ~ plan de la partie refuge (place of refuge)

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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