Château de Cuzorn

Cuzorn, France

The site of Cuzorn, located in a bottleneck of the Lémance valley, allowed control of access to the region, but its origin remains unknown. The first mention of Cuzorn dates back to 1242, in the ruins of the Belleperche abbey, where an inscription mentions a certain B. de Cuzorn.

In 1259, the local nobility paid homage to the Count of Toulouse, including the brothers Gaubert, Pons, Guillaume, and Gaillard de Fumel, although neither lordship nor castle were mentioned at Cuzorn. However, documents from 1270 mention the lords of the castle of Cuzorn and Amalvinus de Cuzorn in conflict with the Bishop of Agen, suggesting a construction of the castle between 1260 and 1270.

Over the centuries, the lordship of Cuzorn had several owners, including the de Lézergues family and later the Gontaut de Saint-Geniès. In 1442, the castle was besieged, and later its defenses were dismantled. Subsequently, the lordship passed between different families until the 19th century.

In 1953, the castle was acquired by Georges Rastel, who undertook significant renovation work. In 1995, Thierry Delrieu became the owner of the castle, while the ruins were transferred to the municipality in 1996. In 1950, the castle was listed as a historical monument.


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


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jean-yves (8 months ago)
Pretty church overlooking the valley. Castle ruins.
Paul Talbert (8 months ago)
Sebastien Moulinie (9 months ago)
Small village Lot et Garonne, the castle cannot be visited at the moment.
Aurélie Dias (9 months ago)
Very pretty ruined castle, too bad we can't access it especially since there are guardrails on purpose.
Dorothée Ghettem Delesalle (9 months ago)
Nice hike to do with the family
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