The Château de La Brède

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The Château de La Brède	|Photo BobradThe Château de La Brède	|Photo Alain MichotRoom on the ground floor of Montesquieu|© Fondation Jacqueline de Chabannes, cliché Jérémie BuchholtzThe writer and thinker Montesquieu| The aula of the Château de La Brède|© Fondation Jacqueline de Chabannes, cliché Jérémie Buchholtz|

The writer and thinker Montesquieu was born at the Château de La Brède (XII-XV) in 1689 and he wrote most of his work. In particular 'of the spirit of laws"in 1748.

Brief summary of history

Built from the 14th century, the Château de La Brède was originally a castle in the Gothic style equipped with a defensive system. Redesigned from the Renaissance, it has retained its character of fortress, atypical by its polygonal shape which is reflected in the water of the wide moat surrounding it. Access to the Castle by three bridges, today replaced by three wooden walkways that allow to cross the moat.

The Castle has belonged to the family of Montesquieu, between the 10th century and the year 2004. Charles-Louis Secondat, baron of Montesquieu, was born January 18, 1689. He lived there on a regular basis throughout his life and he has written a number of his books, especially "the spirit of the laws". But he made also transformations, in particular a garden à la française and an English garden.

The home of Montesquieu

Very attached to the family Château de La Brède Montesquieu was born in 1689 and it stays there regularly. The writer found, in this haven of peace, the happiness of living a simple life and an environment conducive to reflection and writing.

After the tour of the moat, you reach the vestibule where the trunks & travel of Montesquieu are arranged. The lounge is decorated with a beautiful office of the 16th century and family portraits.

Montesquieu spent many hours in his room, where he wrote part of his work "the spirit of laws" and in his library. Very simple, the House of Montesquieu is remained furnished as it was in his lifetime. Upstairs, is the 216 m² library that contained 5000 books.

Visit also the antechamber, salon, room Secretaries and that of the wife of Montesquieu, the Chapel and the salon of the Countess Jacqueline of Chabannes. Park English was inspired to the siteholder's premises on a trip across the channel.

Montesquieu writer and traveller

Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat, baron of La Brède and is a forerunner of sociology, philosopher and political thinker and writer in french lights, born 18 January 1689, La Brède, died February 10, 1755 in Paris.

Montesquieu, with between other John Locke, is one of the thinkers of the political and social organization on which modern, politically liberal societies rely. His designs - particularly with regard to separation

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
Castle Avenue,33650 La Brède

Prices :
Pay park entrance: €2.50 visit of the castle: €7

Opening hours :
Contact the Tourist Office of Montesquieu. Tel. + 33 (0) 5 56 78 47 72.

Free of charge.

Where to stay:

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