Chateau Epierre



Tell's hometown 'Clermont'

The hometown of Tell is built outside the castle on the north west edge (3,4,10,11 and 12). And inside the castle walls (4,5 and 6 on the map).

At nr. 11 Tell works as a blacksmith. This place is also the location of the Albion inn.(7, 8 and 9) and the front shot of 'Albion' is at nr.14. The inn is seperated from the courtyard so you won't be able to recognize the same location. (Albion and Clermont).






Tell works as a blacksmith


Scene: Gessler realizes the apple story and the resistance in Clermont, could be very dangerous. Gessler put a high price on Tell's head and Dantes will hunting down Tell. The mercenaries go to his hometown in search of Tell but they are just too late. Then they're meeting Ambrose and Weevil (in Albion). One villenger 'Geswin' didn't go to Albion. The violence against his village made him mad.

Compare Tell's

The north west field 11 and 12 (Tell's smithy). Dantes is looking for Tell and starts at his hometown. Then he enters at nr. 3 the small gate)

Left: A shot from nr. 10 to 12 this house north is probably built for Crossbow or a very old shed that collapsed. It's no longer there. 

Middle photo: Shot from 11 the corner of the castle tower (Tell's smithy).


Below: nr. 13 (the place of the church in the back),     

The church is also visible when the priest comes to tell about the hat and what happened to him and when Tell returns to his shattered village, after the escape. Nr.11 to 13.


         1986 shot taken from the corner of the castle                                                                2015                                                              




The story begins

The tavern

Roland tries to light up a spark of rebellion.


They're having a chat about suppression, Roland leads. "The only way to get rid of tyrants like the Emperor and Gessler is with violence. In every village there are men armed and ready to fight, but they are waiting for the right time. And I'm here to tell you...that time has come." Then Tell suddenly enters the room and interrupts: "And I'm here to tell you, you're late for lunch."

Below: Then the conversation continues at home at the kitchen table with Katrina, Gregory, Matthew and Tell.



The start of rebellious feelings

Gregory has sent a message to the bishop to tell them about the injustice. They are talking about what happened to Roland and his farm. Katrina: "He has a farm in Unterwald." Tell interrupts: "Had." Matthew continues: "But the Emperor thought that his land to good for peasants and took it for himself. Now he lives in a shed at the end of his property." Katrina: "How do you know all this?" Matthew: "I heard him talking in the tavern. He hit a soldier but managed to escape." Katrina: "Now he is a fugitive. If he had taken the shack he would have still a home for his family." Gregory: "It's not the point my child." Then Matthew looks hopeful to his father while asking: "Father, you would have fought them, you were a soldier." No Matthew, I was a mercenary, nothing to be proud of."

Gregory: When a mercenary kills for money that's a sin. While the potentates steal the land that he received from God and let him pay too much tax and squeezing it like a lemon is an even greater sin. Katrina knows his note and finishing the sentences together with Gregory and ends: "That's in his note".

Tell: "There is also in the holy book that you have to give the Emperor what is his. Turn the other the cheek is that also in your letter?" Gregory responding: "Everybody talk about peace but there is no peace! Mark my words, God will send us a spark of fire to stir up the flames of rebellion." Tell: "To burn what? Innocent children? You know nothing about war, that's why you so eager to push us into it. I've seen whole villages in flames and 15 years later I can still smell the stinking body flesh." Gregory: "And we still need a leader William!" Tell: "If you give me a choice between war and Gessler, I will take Gessler all the time. That's about it / or no doubt about it?. Eat your food it's getting cold." Gregory: "Ahhh holy Saint George...You put me of my appetite!"



The square with the pole and the Emperor's hat

(Location: The centre of the courtyard of Chateau Epierre)    

Brother Gregory only kneels to God not to an hat. He tells what happened to him. Matthew is getting upset about the suppression. Tell tries to avoid the square but his son doesn't. Then the trouble starts. A man is forced to become a legend.


Riders come to maintain

The story before the apple incident...

                                                                                             The Emperor's hat on top of the pole on the village square


After Matthew hears the story from Gregory, he immediately goes to the square.

Matthew speeches to the villagers: "What are you doing!? I will never bow for a hat. Come stamp on it!"              



Tell has to protect his son. He takes a crossbow from a soldier and throws the soldier off. Then he points his bow at the soldier that beat his son and pins the arm of the soldier to the pole.


The villagers don't dare to help.


Tell gets arrested



South wall at nr.5

(The gate with the double main entrance at south east) nr. 1 and 6

              1986    Behind Horst the wood to hang up the straw roof is still there              around 2014, nr.6                                                                                                        



The square

(nr. 4 pointed to nr. 5)



In the meantime

Tell is forced to shoot the apple, if he doesn't, a drunk will shoot. Gessler tries to get him out of his concentration time after time. But he manages to hit the apple.

The suspension system is still hanging on the wall. to the right of the straw house an ivy had once grown in the hole. There are very old ivy plants in this castle, especially at the back (north). Never seen such thick stems from a plant!


Horst reads the official document: "By order of his honor Herman Gessler, governor of this province, by appointment your most holy majesty Frederick prince of the realm...son of the Emperor, ruler of the most sacred empire.. Brother Gregory mumbling: "so many titles would choke a mule"

Horst: "This hat symbol of the Empire, will be placed at the central point of each village. Everyone who passes the hat.  must bow and show the most appropriate sign of respect. This is the law and penalty for disobedience is death. You there, Priest, Kneel! Priest: "I only kneel to God." Horst continues: "I said kneel, show respect to the hat, Priest." Priest:..."defy this evil men,.... kneel only to God!"

 "What have you done with William Tell? Where is his son? Tyrol: "His son is dead. Tell killed him." Katrina:  "It's a lie!" Tyroll: "He missed the apple his boy is dead." Katrina can't believe it: "no." Tyroll: "Now you have answers to your questions. Pay your taxes." Priest Gregory: "If Matthew is dead you killed him! You killed him!" If Matthew Tell is with you, you killed him! He pointed at Tyroll.  Roland interferes:  "murderers!!" And the whole village go loose.

Katrina shouted to all the villagers who are attacking the soldiers "Don't kill them, you'll be just like them!" But nobody can hear her in the chaos......The villagers are so angry they're beating everyone down.


The revenge of the villagers


Soldiers got thrown from their horses and molested. Tyroll just managed to escape and rides out the gate via 5,6, to 1



Gessler at lake Bourget, Virieu and Miolans

 First Tyroll tells about the priest and the big resistance. Tyroll fights against his conscience. In his opinion religious people deserves respect. Gessler blames Tyroll he didn't arrest Gregory.

              Lake Bourget                                                     Chateau Virieu                                                 Chateau Virieu       




On top of the tower of chateau Miolans.

Tyroll just saved his life and escaped from the resisting villagers. Gessler said he gave them a fair chance and this time he will be sending extra men and they have to burn down the place. Tyroll finds it very difficult. Gessler doesn't want a disagreement.



In the meantime

(for the Banguet and apple scene see Chateau Virieu and for the prison scenes, see the links about chateau Miolans)     




Katrina's grief

When Tyroll comes back to the village Katrina asks what happened to her husband and son. Then Tyroll turns the story and lies that Tell missed the apple.



A character difference becomes clear between two soldiers of Gessler. Horst orders that Gregory gets beaten up and Tyroll seems to be shocked about that.


The force majeure

Roland and Blade want to make a stand against the soldiers. The villagers are afraid and leave one by one. At last they stand alone and they have to run for their lives. Gessler is furious at the village, he heard Tyroll was the only survivor that returned. Now he wants the people to get punished and send out other soldiers to crush and burn the village.


When we were there, there was a certain smell of burning wood around perhaps parts of the burned old wood of the village that was still there.

You should expect that in Arlempdes because there went the fire out of hand and the fire brigade had to do everything they can to stop it.




Soldiers riding in from 1 to 6 and 5.

Then they set everything on fire in the courtyard and ride out from 4, 3 to 10 (the external straw village).



The stunning photo below is between 10 and 11


Tell's return to his hometown

            Early scene episode 1     Episode 6 Tell goes back to his shattered village and so does Dantes   2015  same trees at the back of the castle    


Left above: Father Gregory tells what happened on the courtyard of Epierre, with the pole and the hat (before Clermont got burned down). Photo middle: Tell returns to Clermont, but it's damaged.


             1988 The ruined village and smithy (above you can see it before It's set on fire)     2015 castle is a little bit more to the right here                                                     




        2015                                                                                                  1986



In episode 6 Albion


                           2015 no stones left, nothing.                                            1986 the house is built on the corner of the wall (middle picture).


   Below and above is the same place. the western exterior castle wall. Right fire picture: The house was or not built yet or behind the strew houses.

1986        Same field below: middle looking west and right picture is north.    2015



2015 Left picture: Tell walks in front of this wall and enters the south gate on this picture (right door)                 1986                                      


Here you can see the field where parts of Tell's village was build.

The Ivy is still in the same shape as it was 30 years ago.



The south western wall

This side of the castle is the most important side, because it's the best part of the castle. The east side is attached to the old village and a small road. The northwest is in a bad state. The good parts of the castle are the courtyard, the southern wall and and parts of the interior (western towers). There are three important shots taken from this side.

Parts of the exterior village: 1. Entrance to Albion (see Tell on his horse entering Albion)

2. Parts of the fight, the village on fire

3. Tell went back to his shattered hometown

4. Dantes enters the castle to Tell's shattered village


Tell goes back to Albion and to the tavern and meets Gregory.

2015                                                           1988



1986                         Tell goes to Albion                                         2015


One villager was left in the shattered village, he became mad because of all what happened, later the villager also tells Dantes where Tell went to.


Dantes enters Tell's village of Claremont (also Albion)

1988 Dantes enters at 3. And almost the same spot (above) Tell is riding from 14 to 3 then to the tavern in 7 and 9 (in Albion they hide the straw village on the courtyard)                                                                                       



The tavern in 'Albion'

Episode 6 



After a hint from Tell's neighbour Dantes goes to Albion.         Gregory tells William what happened to the village


Dantes enters Albion in search of Tell. Tell feels they are here for him.

  Now partly overgrown



Ambrose encourages Weevil to get dressed like a barmaid. Weevil recognizes Tell (episode 3 Little soldier, there they try to rob Tell but they don't succeed) so now he has to be carefully and covers his face with his hand, but that just attracks Tell's attention. Funny act.


Dantes and his men harass the barmaid (Weevil). When his headscarf and cap fall of they get angry. Things seem to get out of hand. Tell protects the ward Weevil. Then he suddenly gets a sword on his shoulder from the back.

Dantes: "We've been looking for somebody just like you." Tell turns around, then he continues: "We've been looking for him for quite some time. We have one man short, maybe you can take his place." Tell: "I always have been self employed. I don't think I'm the man you are looking for. "The man I want has to be good with the crossbow, are you?" Tell: "Not at all." Dantes: "Let's find out!"


Dantes grabs him and brings him to the place below. Weevil is put on a chair and gets a cup on his head. "There is only one man who can shoot like this...are you as good as him? Give him a target." One shot. "What if I miss?" Dantes: "You won't," and he looks to his man that aimed a bow to Tell's direction. And if I hit the target? Then you are the man we are looking for. It's kind of dark, can I have some light? "Flamingo, bring the torch over."

1986                                                                               2015


      Tell shoots the man with the torch and sets the whole place in fire. Then he and Dantes fight.   Photos of the interior provided by S. Barthelemy around 2005  



Tell has to show his skills again

In the back you can see Tell's village 'Clermont' (in fact Clermont has been destroyed in ep. 1 and 2), while they shooting (here episode 6), so the fire that destroyed Clermont (in episode 1 and 2) must have been recorded after this shoot of episode 6.

Tell has to show if he is the right man Dantes is looking for.


                1986                                                                                         2005                                                                    2005



  The courtyard of Chateau Epierre


An episode a a kid it felt I had to wait for ages to find out what happened to Tell. Did he manage to escape from Dantes or not?

Brother Gregory: 'God is with you William!' And so he is.



The final scene in Epierre, the end of Episode 6 Albion


 4 photo's to compare the courtyard

Above ep.1 the village                                           episode 6 Albion, the return


Below: Dantes visits Clermont (right side of Dantes they covered the gate on the next photo)    (same spot, Tell rides into the courtyard)


Extra photo of this inner gate attached to the courtyard

      Seen from the courtyard, where the car is, was the shooting        

This photo is made while standing in the courtyard



Extra photos of Epierre




  To Compare

       Tell enters the village via the west, episode the banquet, the same porch as Dantes comes in later             Made around 2015                          




Many traces left like the wagon, the frames on the walls. I think a lot could be still there. On other locations I saw ancient ladders.


The castle of Épierre is an old stronghold of the 12th century, rebuilt in the 14th century, and restored in the 16th or 17th century, center of the seigneurs of Épierre, raised to the rank of barony, whose ruins stand on the commune D'Épierre in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The castle of  Épierre is located in the French department of Savoy on the town of Épierre, in the northeast, in the upper part of the town, and watched the narrow passage over the river Arc. Epierre is a small village 15 km north of Saint Jean de Maurienne and 25 km south-east of Albertville. Albertville is the crossroads of important roads to the winter sports area of France. The chateau is planted in the upper part of the village, at the edge of a small road. It's attached to a meadow and a forest. The interior: 1 st impression from a distance, the shape of the castle is surprising. But alas it is hidden by many tress and the construction. It's not easy to photograph. Then at the corners of the square towers almost in line with the wall. I suspect a 12 th century building base. It resembles a Lego castle with It's shape. The interior is made up of 2 rectangular buildings separated by a fairly wide courtyard. These buildings do not seem to date from the same period. One is very similar to the construction of curtains: pebbles and flat stones. On the other hand the other seems more neat and the angles are well paired with what seems to be tuff. Windows of ogival shape with central column could be 14 th century. The whole has been very reworked at different times but keeps a timeless charm!.The corners as well as the separations of floors are reinforced by a chaining of tuff. It cut in half by a corridor at each level. Above the entrance door of this building, the corridor on the first floor is illuminated at both ends by a three-lined, ogival-shaped trilobal window, divided by a column with a top and a trilobal rose, supplemented by a frame In broken arch. The one overlooking the courtyard is the best preserved of the two.
Inside, it is possible to foresee a reconstruction of the 14th century and a restoration of the sixteenth or seventeenth century.


East side   

Below: The entrance, not filmed, only from the courtyard, but not from the outside the south western part at the small road

 This entrance has yellow marks, also the internal gate (with the beautiful window above it) attached to the courtyard Tell escapes from Dantes has the same colors and shape as this main gate in the east.

This gate below is not filmed only from the other side. In fact Tell rides from one of the western towers into the courtyard and not out this eastern main gate.


It looks like the skeleton of the former Tell's village (in the courtyard) is still there, now used as a storage

(picture in the middle and right).



It's a double gate, from here you can see the courtyard.

             This is the gate the soldiers rode in and out.                   In the back the gate Dantes shot Tell, this gate is attached to the courtyard


Above: looking from the eastern main gate into the castle's courtyard. Below: photos taken from the courtyard to the exit of the castle.

1987 Now that I compare the pictures, it is almost unbelievable that the slats are still there as they were then.  2016 looking from the inside to the exit



                         1986                                                                                        2014 Still there are traces on the walls



Courtyard and towers     

Inside the Epierre castle: the pole with the head and part of the village, episode 1 - courtyard

Below: The 'internal' gate with beautiful window to the courtyard and the western towers. Middle below a shot from the western tower through the intern gate with a view to the courtyard.

 In episode 1 the gate is hidden by wood and houses and in episode 6 they used it as a entrance and way out to/of the tavern.


The inner porch attached to the courtyard, nr.2

The middle photo: the entrance is hidden with planks of wood, you can compare it with the right photo.


Note: They put wood on the entrance to cover the village, because this is now 'Albion' and the 'inn' (courtyard in the back, seen from north to south nr. 7 to 5)



  The exterior - north and east side

  Down: Dantes rides around the pillar block to the south gate and had to bend for the huge ivy plants (in 1988 the ivy seemed to be a lot lower)



                                                     1986                                                                         1986 photo taken by the cook's with his instant camera



The western part is almost taken over by nature. The walls do have lots of holes and It's very dangerous to go there. Around the corner of this tower wall en between the courtyards, the tavern was situated.   

The meadow outside the castle. If you look on all these pictures below you can see the ancient church in the distance and sometimes on the right the western part of the castle with

all the bushes around it (the bad part of the castle). Some little houses are built against the castle wall. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1988                                                                  2017                                                                  2015               


For about 30 years there were no real changes, but last year It's remarkable the trees were vanished behind Tell's hometown. One row above: an old monastery a little bit further.



To compare

                                                                Episode 1 The Banquet                                                            Episode 6 Albion                                                                        





On the right photo the old monasteries


  June 2015 Clouds enclose the mountains and thunderstorms and sun alternate continuously. It varies greatly in these mountains. The thick clouds often cannot get over the highest mountains that lie just behind them.


Changing weather many times..A spectacle of clouds and sun ... so beautiful!! Epierre is situated high on the edge of the Alps.

It's nice to witness the weather changes so fast. Several years back, around 2015, we were in Epierre and there was a thunderstorm on the other side of the village...the

clouds cropped beautifully around the high mountain peaks...and above the castle the sun shone regularly


Danger of falling rock, better said: whole castle parts. This part is a danger to enter...we didn't. it's the north wall. It's overgrown. It was already overgrown during Crossbow. The inn shots are one room further and in a slight better condition.


Look at that ivy plant, huge! Almost a tree!



Other location in these two Epierre episodes:

The towershot is switched into 3 locations (one for the high view: Miolans, one for the water around: Tarascon and one to be safe to jump off: Epierre tower).

Below Miolans, episode 2 The Prisoner


Below Epierre

A short but important (switch) shot of Chateau Epierre in episode 2 The Prisoner.

The jump of the tower is a combination of three castle tours (Tarascon, shot to the water next to the tower, Epierre because it was not to high for the stuntman, see photo below and Miolans because of the view and height.) And I think Miolans and Tarascon are too high, even a good stuntman like Yannick Derrien won't survive that.





Left: Crossbow shot. The Banquet episode switches from the Virieu square and Miolans prison to a short shot of Tarscon (escape of the tower Miolans and the real jump the lower tower of  Virieu



The scene with the boat and the arrivel is shot in Hautecombe. The arrivel in the boathouse is dark and has a tunnel so you can't hardly see the episode is switching to Miolans prison.

And so it was possible to make a shot near the water.



The prison




Chateau Virieu

Then the Banquet goes to the square of Virieu


Episode 1 "The Banquet" takes place on the square of chateau Virieu

The imprisonment arrival is in Hautecombe and switch to Miolans for the prison and escape tower


Ancient cards of Chateau Epierre