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Le Chateau de Roquetaillade, Mazeres

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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The Château de Roquetaillade is a castle in Mazères (near Bordeaux), in the French département of Gironde.HistoryCharlemagne, on his way to the Pyrenees with Roland, built the first fortification there. Of this old castle, nothing remains but imposing ruins.In 1306, with the permission of the English King Edward I, Cardinal de la Mothe, nephew of Pope Clement V built a second fortress (le Château Neuf).This new castle was square in plan with six towers and a central keep. The entire structure was restored and transformed by Viollet-le-Duc and one of his pupils, Duthoit, between 1860 and 1870. The extraordinary interior decorations, with its furnishings and paintings, were created by Viollet-le-Duc and are listed as French Heritage.The château park includes remains of the medieval curtain wall with the barbican, the Pesquey stream and its banks, the 19th century chalet, and the Crampet pigeon loft.It has been listed since 1976 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.TodayThe castle has been lived in by the same family for over 700 years. It has been open to the public since 1956 and is the most visited in the Bordeaux region. Open all year round, visits in English with the owners are also possible.
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  • Near Cadillac, this well preserved fort is well worth a visit. One can see the remains of the 'old' castle and then visor the 'new' 16th century castle. Take the tour with a guide who will provide fas...  read more »
  • Went on a tour of chateau fort de roquetaillade and graves wine. Both place we're great and guides all very nice but a waste of money 
  • Wonderful setting and fascinating 19th Century makeover of a medieval castle. I have never seen anything like this before! 
  • Very nice Castle and very good guided (very funny) however do not take the metairie (not interesting) plus a little high price however for the duration of the visit (1 h) Another disadvantage, it is forbidden to take photos in the Interior of the Castle...
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  • Beautiful chateau, Interior, exterior and garden very well maintained... Visit guided with very interesting Anna and relaxed... Things to do for fans of history...
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  • nice visit. not to be missed. beautiful chapel and inside the Castle. guided interactive and enjoyable for children.
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  • Magic. To visit
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  • Castle where Jean Marais turn in 1966 a very famous film with Louis de Fines. Bravo.
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