Visit freely the tower of the medieval city

The Zizim tower dominates the medieval city of Bourganeuf since the end of the 15th century and tells us an unusual story: that of an Ottoman sultan who was imprisoned there for two years. Mount the …

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The Zizim tower dominates the medieval city of Bourganeuf since the end of the 15th century and gives us an unusual story: that of an Ottoman sultan who was imprisoned there for two years. Climbing the 99 steps of the Zizim Tower is a beautiful historical and geographical journey. Climbing a few floors, will be evoked religious orders, Ottoman sultans, life in the fifteenth century, the Second World War... The Zizim tower, of an unusual size, dominates the city of Bourganeuf and embodies its history so well. It makes it an extraordinary place.

About the venue

Place du Mail, 23400 Bourganeuf
  • Monument historique
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  • Château, hôtel urbain, palais, manoir

Within the walls of the Commandery of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, founded at Bourganeuf in the twelfth century, a tower stands out from the other buildings. Its history is singular: it was built at the end of the 15th century under the orders of Guy de Blanchefort, nephew of Pierre d'Aubusson, Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John of Jerusalem. It welcomed an extraordinary prisoner: son of the emperor Mehmet II, Djem is nicknamed Zizim, Ottoman prince eponymous of the big tower! The massive construction is elegant. It rises on 5 floors, two of which were reserved for the Prince’s apartments and at that time included unusual equipment such as the latrines and fireplaces on each floor, a cellar housing a central well and a superb oak frame under the roof. Climbing one by one the 99 steps leading from the entrance to the attic, you will discover life in the time of Zizim, but also the more recent history. After its passage in Bourganeuf, the tower serves a

Access: Parking lot nearby and free

Tour Zizim ©Langladure