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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  • August 14, 2017
    The regional park is full of surprises. The ancient castle of Montbrun is one with these towers and this Dungeon that began in a pond lost to the country of feuillardier!
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  • August 12, 2017
    Inside of the Castle surprising on part the quality of the materials and the care taken in the renovation for him give a medieval character while being modernized. Call to make.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Very friendly visit. The castle is in good condition, outside and inside. The Scottish guide was also very interesting.
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  • July 31, 2017
    This castle is truly spectacular! I went there with my family. It once belonged to Richard The Lionhearted. The castle has been restored and it gives you an insight into what it was like to live in a castle back in the day. A must for any family! Highly recommend it!!
  • July 29, 2015
    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!
  • April 28, 2017
    Definitely worth a visit.
  • August 24, 2015
    Very good tour guide. Enjoyed our visit!
  • January 17, 2015
    How big is this castle.

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