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Castel des Encanters

Castle of Enchantments, Castle of Enchantresses

A castle associated with enchantments and magical beings.

One of the notable appearances of Le Castel des Encanters is in the Arthurian romance Lanzelet by Ulrich von Zatzikhoven, a German poet of the thirteenth century. In this story, Lanzelet (Lancelot) encounters the Castle of Enchantresses while on his adventures. The castle is depicted as a place where enchantresses or sorceresses reside, and it is guarded by magical spells and illusions.

In some versions of the Arthurian legend, Le Castel des Encanters is associated with Morgan Le Fay, a powerful enchantress and half-sister of King Arthur. It is said to be her abode or a place where she gathers her magical allies.

The castle represents a location of mystery and allure, often associated with tests of knightly virtue and encounters with supernatural forces. It serves as a backdrop for knightly quests and adventures in Arthurian literature.

Lanzelet | Ulrich von Zatzikhoven, c. 1200