Château de Langoiran

Langoiran, France

Château de Langoiran was built in the 13th century by the Escoussans family, one of the most famous families of Gascony. The donjon (fortified central tower) is one of the largest in France. It overlooks the Garonne Valley and offers a good view for visitors.

The castle of Langoiran was owned successively by the families of Escoussans, Albret (from 1345 to 1378), and Montferrand (from 1378 to 1590). Bertrand III de Montferrand was Soudan de la Trau. He married Isabelle de Preissac, daughter of Arnaud de Preissac, Soudan de La Trau, (member of the Order of the Garter) and Marguerite of Stratton (daughter of John of Stratton).

After being ruined by multiple unsuccessful wars, the owners were forced to sell their land and the castle to a gentry family from Bordeaux: the Arnoulds. The castle of Langoiran and its seignory were mentioned as early as the 11th century. The older parts of the remaining castle date from the 13th century and the Renaissance.

The seignory of Langoiran was one of the most famous and powerful of the Duchy of Aquitaine. For centuries, it had been involved in quarrels between the kings of France and England, both hoping to obtain its accession. When the Duchy of Aquitaine belonged to the English kings and not to the Kingdom, the successors of Henry II Plantagenet were called 'Kings of England and Aquitaine'.

The Lords of Langoiran always supported the King-Duke, other than Bérard d'Albret, who had to fight at the end of his life on behalf of the King of France.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Karine Luyckfassel (9 months ago)
Ester B (10 months ago)
The opening hours are not correct. Car trip for nothing with a child ... annoying. The castle is closed on Mondays, and in the weekend you can only visit on appointment. The hours indicated on their website are wrong, and so are those listed on Google Maps. I advise people to call before planning a visit.
H Asryan (2 years ago)
What a beauty! An amazing view too. Must visit list :-)
Jason Schneider (2 years ago)
Really great way to spend a half day.
Terry Hiatt (5 years ago)
12 euro per person for entrance, no children discount so we didn't go in. Looks nice from the outside.
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