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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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  • If you're in the area go to this castle at all costs we believe. Beautiful outside and inside. Very interesting guide
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  • Beautifully restored castle. Same family owns the chateau for past 700 years. The family shares the castle for tours with the public. We were happy to have been able to be there. 
  • Superb Castle very well preserved with Baroque alterations of Viollet-Leduc. Very informative visit with a passionate guide and incisive and just humor. Go ahead!
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  • 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.
  • A beautiful castle, a very enjoyable tour with a very decent rate. Too bad that the gift shop is no longer provided, and that there is not an associative structure to fund the restoration of the building.
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  • Disappointing tour is without relying on humor 2 balls of the guide... I have better memories of my visit to this castle 35 years ago, no Shop souvenir worthy of the name.
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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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  • 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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