Chateaux of Landes

Donjon Lacataye

The Donjon Lacataye is the keep of a 14th-century castle, constructed by order of Gaston Phébus in the commune of Mont-de-Marsan.  La Cataye consists of two joined Romanesque houses, which one sees perfectly while entering the current museum whose central internal wall includes Romanesque windows, a sign that one of the two houses was built before the second. These houses belonged to the Viscount"s family ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Mont-de-Marsan, France

Château d'Aon

Château d"Aon was built in the 13th century to the site of 11th century wooden Motte-and-bailey style castle. It was transformed as a residence in the 17th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Hontanx, France

Château de Montréal

Château de Montréal was built the 17th century with four corner towers. Today it is the city hall of Peyrehorade.
Founded: 17th century | Location: Peyrehorade, France

Château de Gaujacq

Château de Gaujacq dates to 1686 and was built in the Italian renaissance style by François de Sourdis, general of Louis XIV.
Founded: 1686 | Location: Gaujacq, France

Château de Belhade

Château de Belhade dates from the 13th-century but the current appearance dates from the 18th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Belhade, France

Château de Caumale

The Château de Caumale is a castle in Escalans It was completed in the 12th century. The two lower towers date from that time, other were erected in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Escalans, France

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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Petersberg Citadel

The Petersberg Citadel is one of the largest extant early-modern citadels in Europe and covers the whole north-western part of the Erfurt city centre. It was built after 1665 on Petersberg hill and was in military use until 1963. It dates from a time when Erfurt was ruled by the Electors of Mainz and is a unique example of the European style of fortress construction. Beneath the citadel is an underground maze of passageways that can be visited on guided tours organised by Erfurt Tourist Office.

The citadel was originally built on the site of a medieval Benedictine Monastery and the earliest parts of the complex date from the 12th century. Erfurt has also been ruled by Sweden, Prussia, Napoleon, the German Empire, the Nazis, and post-World War II Soviet occupying forces, and it was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). All of these regimes used Petersberg Citadel and had an influence on its development. The baroque fortress was in military use until 1963. Since German reunification in 1990, the citadel has undergone significant restoration and it is now open to the public as a historic site.