Château de Lagarde

Lagarde, France

The Château de Lagarde is a ruined castle situated near the village of Lagarde. The first documented mention of Lagarde is from the 10th century. The first castle was a square tower with, in the corner, a circular covering tower, built in the 11th century. In the 12th century, four square towers were added as well as a rectangular gatehouse, the whole castle being linked by walls with arrowslits and crenellations.

Following the Albigensian Crusade, the castle was handed to the Lévis-Mirepoix family. In the 14th century, the structure underwent important alterations. Buildings were erected behind each façade, the roofs were raised, a drawbridge was built and the entry gate and building openings were modified. In the 16th century, a large hanging spiral staircase was built (1526) with a flamboyant Gothic vault. Also in this period, the castle was doubled in size with the addition of walls and vaults, a new moat was created with four circular bastions in the corners and the drawbridge entrance was also bastioned. 17th century modifications included the addition of monumental statues on the bastions and the staircase tower, the creation of an esplanade surrounded by fortifications in the south east, the replacement of the drawbridge by a stone bridge with a monumental gateway, and an access ramp leading from the village.

During the French Revolution, the castle was partially destroyed, but it remains today as a bold silhouette looking down over the valley. The ruins comprise several towers and curtain walls.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Donna LONGDEN (13 months ago)
Beautiful and historical area in the south of France. Wonderful chateaux ruins and we always return to the area.
Jason King (16 months ago)
The château is closed during winter but the village and surrounding countryside is still worth visiting for a walk. Throughout July and August they are open Saturday evenings for outdoor food, barbecue, bar, music and fireworks. You can bring your own picnic stuff, buy some meat from a stall and they will cook it on the spot. There are also occasional other events.
Sören Dähnrich (16 months ago)
Stunning ruins of Château de Lagarde, sadly there is only a way around the ruins, still pretty impressive.
Michael Draine (16 months ago)
What a beautiful site so near to our holiday home in Chalabre. Unfortunately with the long hot spell the annual fireworks display could not take place. Nevertheless it is a wonderful location.
Chris Lines (17 months ago)
An amazing story covering many different periods of history, its destruction and attempts at restoration. The location has stunning views. The proprietor is a real character.
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