In the heart of the medieval city, in Bourganeuf, in the enclosure of the former commandery of the hospitaliers of Saint de Jerusalem, founded in the 12th century, reigns a very original tower, with an oriental look, a vestige of another time.
Between 1484 and 1486, a tower was indeed erected to guard Djem, nicknamed Zizim, son of Mehmet, powerful Ottoman Sultan.
This tower served as a prison for Zizim, in exile. It is a massive seven-story tower, two of which are reserved for the prince's apartments, with walls 2.8 meters thick and pierced with loopholes, and an impressive roof frame. It has equipment unusual for the period: latrines and fireplaces on each floor, a cellar with a central well...
During the Second World War, this prison vocation was confirmed, holding 62 resistance fighters prisoners who left numerous and moving graffiti on the walls.
The Zizim Tower is one of the notable elements of the medieval city along with the castle, built between 1150 and 1160 by the Hospitallers, the Lastic Tower and the Stair Tower, famous for its spiral staircase.
The Zizim Tower is listed as a Historical Monument.
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