Château de Belcastel

Belcastel, France

The Château de Belcastel is situated above the north bank of the Aveyron River, downstream from Rodez. The oldest part of the castle was constructed in the 9th century, and it grew in the hands of the Belcastel family. Later, for many decades, it was the seat of the famed Saunhac family.

The famous French architect Fernand Pouillon (1912-1986) discovered the castle in ruins in 1974. Pouillon decided to reconstruct the fortress, which had been abandoned since at least the 17th century. Pouillon himself undertook the restoration by hand, along with the help of a dozen Algerian stonemasons, and 10 stained-glass experts. The work lasted only eight years and called for great courage from him and his colleagues, due to the size of the undertaking, the castle's dangerous location, and the fact that no machines were used in the daring reconstruction.

The Château de Belcastel remained the private residence of Pouillon until he died in Belcastel on 24 July 1986. In 2005, the two owners of the AFA Gallery in New York purchased the château and opened it to the public as both a gallery and a historical monument.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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william thompson (3 years ago)
One of the most beautiful villages in the world with a restored castle looking down over the village and river. We enjoyed a picnic because the bars and restaurants are closed due to Covid.
edward luscott (4 years ago)
Outside is better than inside.
Trevor Bond (4 years ago)
What a superb place to stop for a drink and an icecream. So friendly and helpful. I will had been there in time for lunch as i am sure it would have been excellent.
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