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A step back in time !

On the road to the castles

Some of most beautiful castles and fortresses in the South West

 

 

The Medieval Castles

The castle of Bioule was built at the end of the 13th century. Since then, it has been described as a “major” building in the Lower Quercy region. The castle of Bioule faces the village and the Aveyron river, which it dominates. Its architectural features and its exceptional state of preservation led to it being classified as a historic monument in 1991. Since 1889, it has been the local school, and has seen many pupils who have the chance to study in a building with an exceptional history.

The military fortress of Brassac was built around the 12th century and belonged for some time to Richard Lion’s heart. Thanks to its excellent defensive position at the top of steep slopes, and its location on the border between the Agenais and Quercy, this barony became important in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The castle is nowadays an imposing residence rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, whose exterior can be visited.

Renaissance castles

The castle of Saint-Projet, known as the castle of Queen Margot, was built at the end of the 13th century and is very well preserved. It owes its nickname to an episode in the history of France: during the Wars of Religion in September 1585, the owner of the castle gave shelter to Queen Margot and her lover, who were wanted by the armies of the King of France.
The Queen stayed in one of the rooms of the castle, this room was walled up after her departure. It was only 4 centuries later, during restoration work, that this room was rediscovered with its furniture intact inside.

In 2021, the Castle of Gramont will host the exhibition “Ruffs and Farthingales” which will look at Renaissance fashion on screen. The exhibition will take you on a journey through the history of fashion with its display of costumes created for the big screen. It will also express the link between Cinema and History. The presentation will include an educational chronology of the evolution of fashion from the end of the 14th century to the beginning of the 17th century.

The castles of Bruniquel, built and modified at various times, have been classified as historical monuments since 1840; they are a concentration of several styles in one of the “most beautiful villages in France”. Legend attributes the foundation of Bruniquel castle to the Merovingian queen Brunehaut in the 6th century. Owned by the Counts of Toulouse in the 12th century, the castle was divided two centuries later between two branches of the House of Comminges, which explains the division into “old castle” and “young castle”.