Château de Roquetaillade

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An imposing feudal Castle

Roquetaillade is a feudal Castle was built in 1306 by cardinal Gaillard de la Mothe, nephew of Pope Clement v. It is part of a set of two fortresses of the 12th and 14th centuries located inside an enclosure.

Brief summary of history

Roquetaillade site has always been inhabited by man since prehistory. Many Flint cut, found on the spot, testify to this presence. They are visible in the home of the Castle Hall. But is that in 778 is mentioned for the first time of a fortification at Roquetaillade. Indeed Charlemagne, en route to the Pyrenees assembled his army at Roquetaillade and built a first fortified wooden motte: the first Château de Roquetaillade.

This construction evolved in time; the technique of stone replaced that of wood. The Château de Roquetaillade grows, including of new towers, walls and other defensive structures, reflecting the power of the Lord.

The Château de Roquetaillade

The Château de Roquetaillade is in the same family for 700 years. It consists of two castles, one dating from the 11th century and one of the 14th century, in the same enclosure. He is saved by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, are undertaking important work of decoration and furniture design. Note the amazing decorations dining room and the pink room who announce already the English decorative arts of the late 19th century and Art nouveau.

Roquetaillade Park

Roquetaillade Park is planted with trees. It houses a chapel whose interior is of oriental style. It includes the remains of the medieval walls with the Barbican, the Pesquey Creek and a 19th century cottage.

The Ecomuseum of the bazadaise breed is discover the life in the countryside and its development from 1850 to 1950. On view in the farm in farm animals (cattle breed bazadaise breed, hens and pigs Gascons, donkeys in the Pyrenees) endangered. Also the chai, a 12th century Dovecote and a bread oven.

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
33210 Mazères
Tel :
+ 33 (0) 5 56 76 14 16

Prices :
Adult: €9.50 children: €6.50

Opening hours :
July and August: 10:30-18: 00 end April to November: 15 h to 16 h December, November to mid-April: Sunday at 3 p.m.

Good to know :
Duration of the visit: about an hour with a guide volunteer.

Guided tour.

Where to stay:

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