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Chateau Belcastel, Belcastel

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The Château de Belcastel is a medieval castle in the village and commune of Belcastel, in the Aveyron département of France. It is situated above the north bank of the Aveyron River, downstream from Rodez. The oldest part of the castle was constructed in the 9th century, and it grew in the hands of the Belcastel family. Later, for many decades, it was the seat of the famed Saunhac family.The Château de Belcastel was officially declared a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture in 1928. The famous French architect Fernand Pouillon (1912-1986) discovered the castle in ruins in 1974. Pouillon decided to reconstruct the fortress, which had been abandoned since at least the 17th century. Pouillon himself undertook the restoration by hand, along with the help of a dozen Algerian stonemasons, and 10 stained-glass experts. The work lasted only eight years and called for great courage from him and his colleagues, due to the size of the undertaking, the castle's dangerous location, and the fact that no machines were used in the daring reconstruction.Pouillon also undertook the restoration of the village, which is now recognised with the award of the title of one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages in France").Today, the castle is owned by a young American couple, fine art gallery owners in New York, who continue to open the site to the public from early April to mid-November. The castle has a permanent and growing collection of medieval armour, as well as temporary exhibitions of painting and sculpture.
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  • Very nice village, beautiful environment, camping at the edge of water, welcoming merchants. Artisans throughout the visit of the village of arts
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  • This visit of the Castle at great summer! Places are beautifully restored, the place is quiet and peaceful, and the ballad in the village is pure happiness. This castle is an essential part of the region, both by the beauty of the place by the hospitality of the locals.
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  • We have done this family visit. It was a great discovery, we loved the different views offered by Castle. The restoration is excellent. Predict the baby carrier. The reception ladies are bilingual and passionate. I recommend
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  • Great views. Very steep walk up/down the town.
  • Really nice castle in the middle of an incredible village... The castle itself had been reconstructed by particulars but preserving it's essence.
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  • The castle is very interesting to visit one feels transported to another epoque.et with the explanatory booklet we lose not a crumb
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