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Vil­lan­draut – Château Clé­mentin de Vil­lan­draut

A fine ex­am­ple of de­fen­sive ar­chi­tec­ture of the years be­tween 1300 and 1400 in the Gironde re­gion: an age trou­bled by the Hun­dred Years War (1337-1453). Its walls pro­tected the pa­pal court of Clement V from 1308 to 1309 www.chateauvil­lan­draut.fr

Mazères – Château Clé­mentin de Ro­que­tail­lade

Built in 1306, the struc­ture is com­posed of two fortresses from the 11th and 14th cen­turies en­closed within com­mon for­ti­fied walls. Its his­tory is marked by two ex­ten­sive restora­tions, par­tic­u­larly re­mark­able is the one ac­com­plished by Vi­ol­let-le-duc in the 19th cen­tury (in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion, fur­nish­ings). The same fam­ily has owned the Château for 700 years! www.chateau­ro­que­tail­lade.free.fr

Préchac - Château Royal de Cazeneuve

Prop­erty of the Kings of Navarre, this cas­tle was the res­i­dence of King Henri IV and Queen Mar­got. Re­nais­sance in style, it houses mag­nif­i­cent royal apart­ments with pe­riod fur­nish­ings as well as vast un­der­ground cel­lars and troglodyte caves www.chateaude­cazeneuve.com

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