On a flat area at an altitude of 387 metres, on the right bank of the Dora, the town’s main feature is a famous XV century castle, that stands on a spot once occupied by a villa dating back to imperial Roman times.
The castle belonged to an aristocratic family in Challant and is a huge square structure with corner towers and cross windows. Inside, in the courtyard, the so called “Pomegranate Fountain” in wrought iron with rich detail, is worth mentioning.
The seven moons painted as frescoes under the courtyard portico are of significance: they depict scenes from local and artisan life at the time. The castle is a good example of residential architecture in the late gothic-renaissance period; the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta stands alongside it.
The Lords of Challant had undoubtedly made a careful assessment when they selected their property and decided to build what was to become the most noble bastion they had ever possessed. From the castle, in fact, the view extends from Champdepraz to Arnad and then loses itself among the mountains that continue into the Valley d’Ayas.
Furthermore, the town, located on the right bank of the Dora, enjoys a mild climate that in the past favoured farming.