Château de Pomayrols

Pomayrols, France

Château de Pomayrols may have been built in the 10th century. Its existence is attested since 1261 in the marriage certificate of Guillemette the Pons de Cayrodes' sister. The current castle, at least what us remains about it, was completed in 1446. It results from rehandlings and enlargings carried out on the castle of origin.

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Pomayrols, France
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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Lolo guste (2 years ago)
Very beautiful village for a short hike overlooking the mountains
melissa bagnagna (2 years ago)
Very friendly place to hike
Cisco edgard (2 years ago)
Very pretty village. Too bad the castle cannot be visited.
beguin christopher (3 years ago)
The top !!! this place is just perfect
beguin christopher (3 years ago)
The top !!! this place is just perfect
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