Château de Castelnou

Castelnou, France

From 990 AD, Château de Castelnou served as the administrative and military capital of the Viscount of Vallespir. Its irregular pentagonal plan follows the rocky outcrop on which it was built, this elevated position providing defence against enemy attacks.

The castle was taken by the troops of James II of Majorca en 1286, and again in 1483. Largely demolished in 1559, it was no longer restored or inhabited and deteriorated throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. At the time of the French Revolution it became the property of the commune. It was sold to Viscount Satgé in 1875 and, by 1900, had become again an elegant and habitable fortress. It was acquired in 1946 by Charles-Emmanuel Brousse who was married to Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, a famed American spy. Having been ravaged by a terrible fire, in 1987 it was sold and has since been restored.

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Founded: 990 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Angus Kirby (3 months ago)
Very well preserved medieval village best viewed as approached layby on Right nice photos possible from here Village nice if pricey restaurants but atmosphere worth it esp in evenings
Victor Cadranel (4 months ago)
Went during a more relaxed time. Was enjoyable and friendly...
Inge Roelofs (4 months ago)
Very nice mediaval place but also very tourstic. Still worth a trip.
Tally (4 months ago)
Beautiful place!! Located on top of a mountain overlooking wonderful views. The village is very well preserved. Very small place for a short walk in the old streets. Worth visiting if you are in the area.
Leah WK (5 months ago)
Gorgeous small town with lots of shops and cafes. Great place to spend a day or two exploring.
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