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Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, La Brede

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A 14th-century Gothic castle with its own moat, Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu gained reknown as the frequent residence of French political philosopher Montesquieu. Here he wrote "Sprit of the Laws," which influenced America's founding fathers in their writing of the U.S. Constitution. Left open to the public by a descendent of Montesquieu, today it is open to visitors. Tour the castle to see the famed author's bedroom and library, preserved since his death in the 18th century. Outside, tour the English gardens Montesquieu created, stroll through the vineyard surrounding the castle, or wander over the moat's bridges. Use our La Brede travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu and other attractions in La Brede.
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  • We called here on the off chance. Tickets are purchased at the Tourit information office by the entrance. The next guided tour inside the chateau was an hour away so we simply paid to walk in the grou...  more »
  • If French history and chateaux are your thing then this one is a 'must'. The residence of French writer Montesquieu is a feudal castle with an English style landscape garden. Very good guided tour.  more »
  • A quite lovely Chateau with lovely grounds. A nice stroll along the 'drive' approach to the Chateau. This is really nice for a visit, not too big, so the tour inside takes around 40 mins. Nicely kept ...  more »
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  • This was worth a visit. The guides speak English and they have an English translation guide.
  • Well worth visiting. Even tough the lady in the ticket office is very arrogant and unpolite, the guided tour is interesting and the château is beautiful and well preserved inside and out.
  • It is a place that is worth a visit. It allows to immerse themselves in the intimacy of Montesquieu. The guided tour is both user-friendly and informative. The Park is beautiful.
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  • Beautiful castle where lived Montesquieu and excellent guide flat 45 minutes of visit is too short
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  • Attention it is closed April 15 to November 11. It looks nice however behind the portal.
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