First mention in literature of the chateau de Joux, under the name "Miroaltum".


Death of Berthe de Joux at Montbenoît Abbey.


The ownerhsip of the chateau passes from the house of Joux to the house of Blonay, with the marriage between Jacqettele Lady of Joux and Hugues, Lord of Blonay.


Jeanne de Blonay is the sole inheritor of the chateau de Joux.


Jeanne de Blonay sells the chateau to a relative of her late husband, Guillaume de Vienne, chamberlain to the Duke of Burgundy.


The chateau de Joux is bought by the Duke of Burgunday, Philip the Good.


The chateau is besieged by the Swiss, during the war between the Swiss confederacy and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, owner of the chateau.


Marriage betwen Mary of Burgundy and entre Marie de Bourgogne et Maximilian I, who was to become Holy Roman Emperor. The chateau became part of the Emperor's estate.

1479 - 1480

Conflict between Maximilian I and Louis XI, King of France. The chateau is handed over, in exchange for money, to Louis XI, who places it under the administration of the Count of Neuchâtel, Philip of Hachberg-Sausenberg, who becomes Lord of Joux.


Building of the artilllery tower "la Rondelle" known today as the Horseshoe Tower.


Without meeting any resistance, Maximilan I, takes the chateau de Joux, and places it under the administration of his daugher, Margaret of Austria Duchess of Savoy. The Counts of Neuchâtel repeatedly claim as theirs the chateau and its lands.


Death of Margaret of Austria, who hands the chateau down to her nephew Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. The chateau de Joux becomes part of the estate of the Spanish crown.

1616 – 1619

Bad weather, storms, lightening and gale force winds cause major damage to the chateau, leaving it in ruins. The munitions tower explodes and the rooves are blown off.

1635 - 1639

With the Thirty years' war, repairs to the chateau are planned to defend against a Franco-Swiss invasion. The Swedish under Bernard of Saxe-Weimar take over Pontarlier and besiege the chateau. After a siege of 15 days, the chateau surrenders, and colonel Christopher de Grün becomes governor of the chateau de Joux.


The Kingdom of France pays the Swedish colonel, Christopher de Grün, who leaves the chateau de Joux. The stronghold is handed to Henry II of Orleans, Count of Neuchâtel.


The Thirty years' war comes to an end with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees. The chateau is handed over to the County of Burgundy, which belongs to the King of Spain.


First conquest of the Franche-Comté by Louis XIV, King of France.


Second conquest of the Franche-Comté by Louis XIV, King of France.


Signature of the Treay of Nijmegen, Franche-Comté becomes part of the Kingdm of France.égrée au royaume de France.


Beginning of the fortification works by Vauban, military engineer to the King.


Enlargement and reinforcement of the chateau by Vauban, military engineer to the King.


Gabriel Honoré Riqueti, Count of Mirabeau is locked up in the chateau de Joux, under the King's orders.

23rd August 1802

Toussaint Louverture, former slave turned first Black General of the French Army and Governor of the Island of Saint-Domingue arrives at the chateau as a prisonner. He is a symbol of the fight against slavery.

7th April 1803

Death of Toussaint Louverture in his cell.


The European royal houses join forces agains Napoleon I. The Austrians besiege the chateau, which surrenders after 21 days. The chateau's prisons are finally closed.


The Swiss besiege the chateau.


Building of the lower Larmont fort, known as the Mahler fort.

1870 - 1871

Franco-Prussian war. The Eastern army under the command of Bourbaki, finds refuge in Switzerland. The fortress of Joux in conjunction with the lower Larmont fort, protects the army's retreat under the order of commandant Ploton.

1879 - 1880

Work and fortification of the 5th defensive wall according to the theories of General Séré de Rivières and under the supervision of the Engineering officer captain Joffre.


During WWII, the Germans beseiged the chateau, which surrendered after 7 days.


The chateau de Joux was opened to the public.


The army sold the chateau de Joux to the Pontarlier – La Cluse et Mijoux district council (now the Communauté de Communes du Grand Pontarlier, CCGP).


The chateau was classified as a national monument.

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