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Chateau de Rauzan, Rauzan
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Château de Rauzan is a château in Gironde, Aquitane, France.The Chateau Rauzan is located in the same town as its name, in the French department of Gironde. Built by John Lackland Duke of Normandy (1199-1204) Duke of Guyenne (1199-1216) and King of England 1199-1216, the castle was built on a rock occupied since the ancient times. Witness of the Hundred year War, the Castle of Rauzan was caught twice by the French, the constable in 1377.Classified in 1862 by the historical monuments, he is reborn in the minds until 1970 when the town of Rauzan, owner since 1900, and some fans medieval architecture undertake work of clearing and restoration.HistoryThe Castle of Rauzan was erected in the 13th century by Jean Sans Terre for the King of England and Duke of Guyenne. It then became property of Rudel of Bergerac (1223-1320), then of Guillaume-Raymond of Madaillan (1320-1391) who participated at the side of Prince Noir, governor of Guyenne of 1356 to 1370 at the battle of Poitiers in 1356 and at the imprisonment of the King of France, Jean the Good. In October 1370, Bertrand of Guesclin returned to France where he was made constable to Charles V and then began his big venture: To expel the English. Contrary to the habits of the French chivalry, he did not proceed to the great mountains with the entire French army, but prefers to methodically reconquer whole provinces, besieging castle after castle. He would chase the English of Normandy, Guyenne, Saintonge and Poitou. The Castle of Rauzan fell in 1377. Rauzan is then the subject of a lawsuit between Henri IV (1367-1413) and Jeanne of Armagnac, great-granddaughter of Saint Louis and wife of Guillaume-Amanieu of Madaillan (1375-1414), last male representative of that branch, whose wife had a daughter named Agnès, who died young. At the death of her husband, she got the right to remarry with a French person under the condition of giving up the Castle of Rauzan. Rauzan then falls to Bernard Angevin (1437-1480), whose opportunistic attitude pointed the English camp to the French camp in accordance to his interests. At the end of the Hundred Years' War, he is next to crown of France and retains all of his property. As the troubles of the war passes, he would refurbish the castle little by little which would evolve the fortified castle into a castle of residence. Rauzan then passed into the hands of Durfort of Duras who gradually abandons it. Bordeaux quarrymen even extracted stones of the building (for cutting tombstones) and blocks of rock which it was based on, which causes the fall of the northern part of the castle. The ruins became, in 1819, the property of Chastellux before the town acquired it in 1900.
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  • Having visited many castle, I wasn't expecting something exceptional, but I have not been disappointed. A very nice view and nice pictures to take. The visit is very detailed. The only weak point is that it lacks extremely light down the stairs!
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  • Only 3 euros to visit this Castle, great views too. Would recommend you visit. Also lovely old church in the village. 
  • Is expected not to find a such Castle in a small village like Rauzan: between ruin and renewal. Let's start with exteriors in charming ruins: gaping windows, half-destroyed walls except the landscape, remains of frills and coat of arms... We keep inside the two towers where you can discover items accessible and renovated (of course not furnished). And we end up in altitude with beautiful views over the surrounding vineyards... Regarding the explanations, it is a bit weak: we need this content with a few signs. It might be interesting to some efforts to be made on this point. In conclusion, if you're in the neighborhood, I advise you to go for a ride (€ 3 admission). Small point: do not like me... avoid the heels...
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  • Rauzan is a very pretty village. A lot of charm. A very nice walk around the Castle. A campaign and a very nice camping to live.
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  • Excellent guide and beautiful remnant of a fortified castle of the middle ages beautiful .vue
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