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Chateau de Montbrun, Dournazac

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The Château de Montbrun is a castle in the commune of Dournazac in the Haute-Vienne département of France. The castle was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th.The castle stands within a deep valley. Built in the 12th century, its function was to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls and a square keep topped with machicolations.Montbrun is a fine example of a 15th-century castle. In plan rectangular, it is flanked in the corners with round towers and protected by water. Its narrow romanesque keep, 40m square, close up against one of the towers, gives it a strange appearance.HistoryThe castle was built in 1179 by Aymeric Bruni on his return from the Second Crusade. The Brun family,, remained owners until 1516. At the start of the Hundred Years' War, the castle was occupied by the English. It was retaken by the French in 1353. At the end of the century it was taken again by the English and partially destroyed. Between 1433 and 1438, square towers were replaced with round towers and the castle took on its present form.
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  • The other reviewer is right—there is a wow around every corner in this castle. And I've seen some nice ones, including Chambord and Cheverny. This was fantastic. I'm not going to spoil the surprise ei...  more »
  • very nice castle outside as inside where we had a chance in 2001 to our wedding photos, very nice interior, nice staircase, beautiful courtyard, nice tour that takes us, pressed to see it again with my friend American coming in July - but time limited visit, we must think to schedules
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  • I can heartily recommend a visit (or many) to Le Chateau de Montbrun near Dournazac. It is a magical castle which you can take a guided tour around it and see all the wonderful things that the eccentr...  more »
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  • Amazing castle (which is at the moment for sale) which you can tour. Just go to the tavern next to it to buy tickets for the tour. A charming Scottish man will take you around and through the castle with loads of good stories. Really a nice place to go if you can spare an hour or two!
  • Very good tour guide. Enjoyed our visit!
  • How big is this castle.
  • Beautiful place. We have not had the opportunity to visit because we had not planned to stop us there, but a stroll around the lovely Castle.
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  • Spectacular castle. The property is private, but during the summer months you can visit. Built in the 13th century
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