CHÂTEAU DE VILLEBOIS-LAVALETTE

Openings

From 2019/06/01 to 2019/06/30

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 2:30pm to 6:0pm

From 2019/07/01 to 2019/08/31

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Every day of the week from 2:30pm to 6:30pm

From 2019/09/01 to 2019/09/30

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 2:30pm to 6:0pm

From 2019/10/31 to 2019/12/31

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 2:30pm to 5:0pm

Description

At the gates of Périgord, Villebois-Lavalette is a charming village labeled "Small City of Character" and is also the capital of the cornuelle (pastry specialty). On top of the Puy Sanseau hill, the thousand years old castle overviews a vast rolling plain. In addition to its famous owners, the castle welcomed several Kings of France throughout the centuries... Henri IV of France came here in 1586 (May 9th and 10th), on his way to access to the royal throne. His son, Louis XIII, stayed here in December 28th,1615, after he married Ann of Austria in Bordeaux. He was welcomed by the Duke of Épernon. In 1980, this old castle is invaded by ivy, bramble and time. An action is engaged to restore the fortress, during 18 years. In 2000 the castle is for sale: M. Norbert FRADIN, a Bordelais real estate entrepreneur and patron who is a heritage enthusiast, falls in love with this monument and buys it. He restores the castle to give back its past glory. Its impressive seven-towered enclosure protects an exceptional ensemble that excavations and restorations were able to uncover: an old room XIIth discovery in 2006, a Romanesque church that finds its roof in 2011, the impressive low court that hosts the events , guided tours, free or themed. Guided tours (on reservation) or free with booklet, as well as events and cultural activities revive the castle all year round. What delight all the big and little curious, as well as the amateurs of history (S). In July and August, guided tours are scheduled from Monday to Saturday, departures at 11h, 14h30, 16h and 17h30. On Sundays, tours start at 2:30 pm, 4 pm and 5:30 pm. To see also the halls, the church, the convent of ursulines in the center of the village. A visit of the village can precede the visit of the castle, to inquire directly with the association. All year round group (min: 8 persons) and school visits are possible by reservation.
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