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Parts of the castle have been turned into a grand home while other areas preserve the history of the building. <br />
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Be King of your own castle? <br />
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An incredible French castle that once served as a prison which the Marquis de Sade escaped from is on the market for £3.85m (4.25m euros).<br />
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The historic Miolans Castle sits almost 550m above sea level on a rocky cliff in the Bauges mountains with a breathtaking 180-degree view that includes Mont Blanc.<br />
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In 1772, when the fortress served as a prison, it was home to the infamous writer and pervert the Marquis de Sade for four months before he escaped while the guards were eating dinner.<br />
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Parts of the castle date back to the 11th century and it was classified as a historic monument in 1944.<br />
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In more recent times, some of the castle has been refurbished to form a grand home with parquet flooring, wood panelling and stained glass windows, while other parts have been open to the public to explore the history of the site.