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Location address: Suisse, Vaud, 1820, Veytaux, Avenue de Chillon, 21
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The castle of Chillon was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon (1816) about François de Bonivard, a Genevois monk and politician who was imprisoned there from 1530 to 1536; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon. The castle is one of the settings in Henry James’s novella Daisy Miller (1878).
The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux, Switzerland. The castle consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected to become the building as it stands now.
Chillon is listed as “Switzerland’s most visited historic monument”.
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Famous visitors to the Castle of Chillon are Lord Byron and Mary Shelley(1816). The first wrote a long poem about Bonivard, “Prisoner of Chillon”.