This important fortress built in the 12th century by lords of Colombières was replaced by the current castle in 14th century. One of those lords was William the Conqueror's comrade in arm.
In middle of 16th century, the castle belonged to the powerful protestant family de Briqueville, who terrified all the area during war of religion... they organized among others the plundering of Bayeux cathedral in 1562! Oh well, when I say "they", I speak here about one and single man! François de Briqueville, more precisely, one of the greatest captains with his time.
He embraced the Reformed religion as soon war of religion began, escaped from the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre by a hair's breadth. In Normandy, he fought two years against the Catholics and died at the Saint-Lo's siege.
Huge quadrilateral surrounds by wide moats, Colombières got its fronts redrafted in 18th century in classical style by the marquis de Girardin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's guardian.