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Chateau of Assier, Assier

#22 of 24 in Historic Sites in Lot
The Château d'Assier is located in Assier, in the Lot department of the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-west France. It is an example of the diffusion of Renaissance château architecture from the Loire Valley into other parts of France.HistoryBuilt between 1518 and 1535, the château was commissioned by Jacques Galiot de Genouillac, Grand Squire of France under King François I. The château was designed as a large quadrangle, on each side, flanked by massive round towers at each corner, capped with ogival domes.Jeanne, only heiress of Galiot de Genouillac, married Charles de Crussol, vicomte d'Uzès . In 1768, their descendant, the duc d'Uzès, sold most of the château to demolition contractors, who pulled down the buildings and sold the materials. The duke retained the west wing for agricultural uses. In spite of the classification of the building as a historic monument, by Prosper Mérimée in 1841, the agricultural use continued until the whole of the surviving building was acquired by the French state in 1934. Since 1901, when it was registered as a monument historique, extensive restoration works have been carried out. The building is now in the care of the Centre des monuments nationaux, and is open to the public.
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  • A small castle renaissance without furniture. See more outside than inside. Ground floor only adapted to the PMR.
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  • Theoretically the visit to the castle is free, but that day I had the great chance to have a "private" by a young man very interesting guided tour. Thanks to him I discovered all the hidden details that abound this sublime Renaissance Castle, as well as the portrait very surprising from the "humble" Galiot! His kindness I would be necessarily placed next to beautiful things. This castle deserves to be visited and restored again a little to immerse ourselves in its history. Incredible monument in such a small village. Feel free also to go to church next door to see the tomb of Galiot. Thanks again to my guide for the day, and that the latter do not hesitate to contact me for a free Toulouse tour if he wishes. (Occitania-visitesguidees)
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  • Tour with a guide to the most interesting. L; history of this castle is very instructive. This one is very well preserved. Visit
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  • Closed so that, according to their own sign it was supposed to be open.
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  • Worth the trip! A magnificent Castle...
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  • Pretty Castle but small car to 3/4 in ruins, so the visit can be very fast. The staircase is worked well and worth it to linger. The explanations of the sculptures are good and helps to understand the Church and its function over far including its former owner and his exploits. The Court is also good with the mill. Combine this with the Church absolutely.
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  • Lovely outside Castle, but attention closed until 31 December 2017, except for group visits
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  • For history lovers. Beautiful renovation.
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