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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 RodezThe 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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  • Nice scenery along the way to Belcastel. Many good shots were taken and to add into our understanding of the rich history of French culture, a basic summary of the contents are in Anglias would be bet...  more »
  • History of how it was restored by an architect who fell in love with the place is wonderful. But beware, it's a steep climb from the vollage.  more »
  • We visited Belcastel castle with friends and we were stunned by the amazing beautiful restoration carried out by the French architect Fernand Pouillon from 1973 and opened to the public in 1982. The r...  more »
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  • 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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  • A beautiful place, we can have a drink, walk, sleep, visit...
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  • Not the most beautiful castle of the Aveyron, but unquestionably one of the most beautiful village in Aveyron. The set is really beautiful.
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