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Dissay is a French commune, located in the department of Vienne, region of Poitou-Charentes.
Its inhabitants, of which there were 2912 at the 2007 census, are called Disséens.

The castle of Dissay dates from the fifteenth century. It was built by Pierre d'Amboise, Bishop of Poitiers and became home to the Bishops of Poitiers until the Revolution.

Defense systems were authorized by letters patent dated January 11, 1434 signed by King Charles VII. “Hugh Combarel's predecessor, Pierre d'Amboise is allowed to build a mansion surrounded by walls, ditches, with a draw bridge and portals, together with towers, turrets, corbels and other fortifications as he sees fit."

The building takes the form of a rectangle flanked by round towers which give it an imposing air. The fortification of the building is to be observed in all the architectural elements: the presence of machicolations, the limited number of windows, moat and drawbridge (subsequently replaced by a fixed bridge). Despite this wealth of precaution, the castle was taken by Admiral Coligny before the siege of Poitiers in 1569 during the wars of religion.

In 1789, the then Bishop of Poitiers, Martial-Louis de Saint-Aulaire Beaupoil, was elected to the Estates General of the kingdom but in 1791 he refuses to swear the oath of the civil constitution of the clergy and flees into exile. The castle is seized and sold as national property.

After 1850, the family Fruchard who subsequently bought the castle pledged to renovate both the castle and the church, using the windows and and other items from the collegiate church, which had been dismantled and destroyed. This work has enabled the current owner, the Baron de Lassat Regis, to apply to have the castle, listed as a "Historical Monument" in the late twentieth century.

The above information was taken and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea about Dissay. For those who are interested, the full article (in French) can be accessed by clicking here.

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