Château de Gavaudun

Gavaudun, France

The Château de Gavaudun on the river Lède. It was built on a rocky spur and overhangs the river. The lofty 13th century keep rises 25m above the level of the rock. The castle was built during the 12th and the 13th centuries, on the main road between Périgord and Agenais. The bishop of Périgueux besieged it and destroyed it for the first time in 1165.

During the Hundred Years' War it was of central importance in the conflict between England and France. In the 15th century, the castle changed families through a marriage. It was recovered by the town of Gavaudun in 1796 in  poor condition. Today, the donjon tower of the castle has been protected and listed since 1862.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Linda Morris (6 months ago)
It was a great find. Huge with much history! Well worth a visit.
Margaret Spillane (8 months ago)
So unusual but the steps are narrow and steep so not for the fainthearted or infirmed.
David Spencer (2 years ago)
Loved the place but you need to be a bit of a mountain goat to get round it veiws we're great from the top of the tower
Joe Smith (5 years ago)
Great place for the family, lots of restaurants in the village. Pity the Trebuchet demo was not on, check before visiting
Sven Goossens (5 years ago)
Verry nice and authentic castle/fort. The castle is almost as it was with only railings added for safety. You can go completely to the top where you have a nice view of the area. There is also a 'treasure hunt' for the children! It has many smal ans steep stairs so prepare for a workout.
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