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


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Simon Hawkes (11 months ago)
Whilst I didn't gain access to the Castle, the surrounding area & winding narrow streets (some steep) leading up to the castle were very interesting with many gallery's & local craft/gift shops very tastefully integrated into the original buildings. Plenty of places for refreshment & something to eat. A good area for parking is available at the base of the village, with EV ? charging facilities ?
anthony smith (12 months ago)
Another 'Beautiful villages of France' these are so well named . Easy access parking, market on Tuesday (cracking jazz trio entertained the small crowd perusing the local wine, beer and provisions makers whares). The village is cosy and has a number of local artists selling interesting artwork. The castle is well worth the climb and €5 entrance, with spectacular views, refreshing cool breeze and also a very clean WC
jamie pompei (13 months ago)
What an amazing Castle to find in at the top of the mountain’s. Some old fashioned shops still being used on site. Two great shops to buy food and drinks on site as well. Plenty of parking and a lovely picnic area and food van just opposite the car park. If you are in this area please do come and visit this most beautiful place. We were in Saint Cyprien and it was a 45 min drive. Plenty of other places to visit up there as well
Ioana Costea (13 months ago)
Beautiful medieval village and castle! Well worth the 5 euros entry to the castle, the views from the top are impressive! The village is full of art galleries and picturesque restaurants.
Vincent (16 months ago)
Beautiful site, idyllic village and castle. Certainly worth visiting if you might be around.
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