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The Château de Montaigne is a castle mansion situated on the borders of Périgord and Bordelais, near Bergerac and Saint-Émilion, in the small commune of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne in the Dordogne département of France. The structure originated in the 14th century and was the family residence of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker Michel de Montaigne.HistoryBuilt in the heart of a majestic park, whose layout was designed by the philosopher himself, the residence was acquired in 1477 by the great-grandfather of Michel, Ramon Eyquem, a Bordeaux trader, who thus acquired the hereditary title of Seigneur de Montaigne ("Lord of Montaigne").Michel's father, Pierre Eyquem, settled in the castle with his family, and there Michel spent a studious childhood—he is said to have spoken Latin until the age of six—before leaving to continue his studies in French at the college of Guienne in Bordeaux.In 1584, Montaigne entertained in his castle the king of Navarre, Henri de Bourbon, the future Henry IV, and thus became a close royal friend at the same time as Condé, de Rohan and Turenne. Henry IV had already named him gentleman of the chamber (link=no) by a patent letter of 1577.See Montaigne's Tower and all Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne tourist route planner.
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Nous étions un groupe de 20 personnes particulièrement dissipées, mais notre gentille guide a su gardé son sang froid, son professionnalisme et sa bonne humeur. Une belle découverte tant sur le plan h... more »We were a group of 20 particularly allayed, but our nice guide has kept his cool, professionalism and good humour. A nice discovery in historical and architectural terms. We learned a few anecdotes about the existence of the Lord of Montaigne and also on the tumultuous life of the Castle. Certainly it is more beautiful from the outside and the interest is especially at the entrance still of time Tower and in which Montaigne spent his last years of life. A must see!
Très bonne visite qui nous a permis de découvrir la vie de Montaigne! Le château est très beau et la tour offre une vue magnifique! Les jardins sont magnifiquement entretenus, on aimerais y rester plu... more »Very good visit enabled us to discover the life of Montaigne. The castle is beautiful, and the Tower offers a great view! The grounds are beautifully kept, we'd stay there longer! Great guide who knew the story of the Tower of Montaigne with passion. In addition to being dynamic and pretty! Wine tasting is available and you can get the essays of Montaigne and other works at the shop. Recommend for literature lovers!
Un peu d'histoire et de littérature au milieu des vignes ! bel endroit très beau panorama, visite guidée, promenade libre dans le parc, dégustation de vin du domaine possible (incluse dans le prix du ... more »A bit of history and literature in the middle of the vineyards! nice very nice panorama, guided tour, free walk in the Park, wine tasting of the possible area (included in the ticket price) beautiful stage at the centre of a beautiful wine region
Unfortunately the house itself, which is very beautiful with so many chimneys, is not open to be visited. You can go to the tower where St Michel de Montaigne wrote a lot of his works, interesting in itself but brief. Wine tasting is also available and garden visits.
This small chateau was the home of the essayist Michel de Montaigne. Visitors can climb to his famous tower study and see the same views he saw. His private bedroom and chapel are open, and a congenial gift shop sells books and mementoes of his bon mots.
Blanc jean-louisI find it regrettable that the visit does not more information on Montaigne, trials... in a suitable room. Be present an exhibition on P. Magne is surprising. The reputations of Montaigne and Magne are not comparable. the Park is in a deplorable state. In short, to understand how to ruin a tourist and cultural heritage of the first importance for the region, the visit to the Tower gives a good example... Too bad.
Robert GrandmereThe tower is interesting to visit, but, unfortunately, badly maintained by a family of capitalist bankers who lend further interest in their "famous" ancestor to their Park left in total decay (that you can visit for the modest sum of three euros). The visit of the tower is far too dear (8 euros!), for a visit short but rich in emotions thanks to the mistakes of syntax ("the only one I remember") and hilarious jokes ("can you imagine that the books of Montaigne would not held on an Ikea shelf") of the guide, welcomed by a polite silence. Latent contempt for culture and ancient languages, incompatible with the visit of the Tower of a humanist, has not increased the level of this visit.
M CEnjoy your visit to the Tower of Montaigne. The beautiful castle of a more modern style, lived, is not open to the public. The visit therefore revolves around the small castle fortified at the time of Montaigne, with especially the tour where he prayed, slept and wrote essays, adjacent. Very professional guide, impeccable diction. Store enough provided in wine, literature around Montaigne and some memorabilia at modest rates.
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