Route du Château,
25300 La Cluse-et-Mijoux
WELCOME TO THE CHATEAU
The Château de Joux sits in exceptional surroundings, combining a thousand years of history and memories, a preserved natural site and a programme of events all in the heart of the Jura and Franche-Comté region.
DISCOVER THE CHATEAU
THE CHATEAU THROUGH THE AGES
A major site steeped in history and military architecture, the chateau de Joux is an emblematic monument of the Franche-Comté region. Located 5km outside the town of Pontarlier and 15km from the Swiss border, the chateau looks down from a hundred metres above the Cluse pass, a narrow mountain pass that cuts through the Jura mountain range. This military and trade route connects roads from Champagne, Flanders and the Haute-Saône areas to Italy and Switzerland.
JOUX: A MEMORIAL
The chateau de Joux, beyond being a celebration of history and military architecture, is an emblematic memorial:
- Memorial to the abolition of slavery and struggle for freedom, where the former slave Toussaint Louverture later to become a general in the French army and governor of Saint-Domingo (now Haiti) was held and subsequently died;
- Memorial to conflicts and borders, having been besieged several times;
- Memorial to an oral tradition of tales and legends arising from its imposing size and numerous mysteries;
FAUNA AND FLORA AT JOUX
The rich natural history surrounding the chateau de Joux is both recognised and protected. A level 1 area of Special Scientific Interest (ZNIEFF I) includes the Gérot plateau and the promontory on which the chateau sits. A special conservation zone (ZSC), which is part of the European Natura 2000 network protects the site and the surrounding hills, hillsides and cliffs. And finally a biotope protective decree by the local prefecture (APB) provides further protection for the cliffs to the north of the chateau under the title “Limestone corniches of the Doubs county”.
2020 - 2030: A RENAISSANCE
The chateau de Joux is an exceptional and unique monument, witness to 1,000 years of the history of fortification and an important memorial to the liberation of the people.
Aware of its qualities, the Grand Pontarlier District Council who owns and manages the site, has launched a programme to showcase the scientific, tourist and cultural value of this unusual historic monument. The programme will last 10 years, from 2020 to 2030 and will focus on two historical themes: the evolution of the fortress and the struggle for freedom. These themes will be integrated into the development of the site, the cultural and events programme, and the scientific policy.