Le Chateau de Roquetaillade, Mazeres

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Very intetesting and well preserved site. Thanks to Victor for the informative and detailed guide. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    If you want to get off the beaten track, doing just a little away from the main road. The medieval castle was redesigned by Viollet le Duc and making discoveries in the rooms that are furnished. Interesting, for about € 10. I recommend.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very nice building. Particularly well preserved and restored, it can be visited with a guide. Very nice and interesting (even if we would have appreciated a little more substantiated and documented tour).
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  • July 21, 2017
    This is one of my favorite castles! I loved our tour, and thought the grounds were beautiful.
  • May 15, 2017
    Fine example of an older castle/fort. Excellent guided tours.
  • October 16, 2016
    The Château and surrounding grounds are beautifully maintained and cared for. It was one of the best Château tours we experienced in Southern France. Couldn't take pictures of the interior though.
  • March 5, 2017
    Sublime.
  • September 7, 2017
    Ancient medieval château. Little remains of the original building, housing needs for adaptations. The interventions of Viollet le Duc have more hybrids than à eclectic interiors. It is worth visiting it. Prepared and guides.
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