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 and were more or less abandoned starting from the 15th century, when the Viscounts moved away from their town of origin. During the 16th century, their upper parts were modified and they were equipped with crenellations.

In 1860, Antoine Lacaze, mayor and owner of the keep, gave it to the town to house troops. It later became the departmental barracks until 1875, when the soldiers moved to the Bosquet barracks in the town. The keep preserved the name Caserne Lacaze (Lacaze Barracks) for nearly a century, in spite of a succession of civil uses: boarding school for young girls, gymnastics centre, municipal workshop.

In 1968, mayor Charles Lamarque-Cando inaugurated in the keep a museum of modern figurative sculpture (the Musée de Mont-de-Marsan), dedicated to two local artists, Charles Despiau and Robert Wlérick.

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Founded: 14th century
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Laurent D. (4 months ago)
It looks nice to visit but it's closed for renovations until 2025!
Sylvie Dage (2 years ago)
A must see !
philippe lanusse (2 years ago)
To visit very informative ....
Anne-marie Frioux (2 years ago)
Very nice view from the top of the dungeon entrance fee but very res Unfortunate damage you have to park much further because paid parking next to the city
jeje kran (3 years ago)
Historic Mons site, the Lacataye keep is located in Mont-de-Marsan, in the French department of Landes. Strictly speaking, it is not a “keep”, but two fortified semi-detached Romanesque houses dating from the 15th century and equipped with battlements on their upper part in the 16th century. It is listed in the Historic Monuments by decree of July 22, 1942 and has housed the Despiau-Wlérick museum since 1968.
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