Château de Castanet

Pourcharesses, France

Château de Castanet was built in the 16th century in Pourcharesses near Villefort. The territory of Castanet has its origin in the name (chestnut) in the language Occitan. It is the most common tree in the territory. The castle is next to the lake of Villefort, an artificial lake created behind the Villefort's dam, who went bankrupt destroy the castle.

The castle was built in 1578 by Jacques Isarn, a noble of Villefort. This family continued to grow in importance until marriage to a descendant with Marie-Suzanne de Varicourt, nourish and savior of the future King of France Louis XV. This évent led the family to move to Versailles.

The castle was sold in 1760 and after the emigration of the last owner, it will be sold as a national asset during the French Revolution. After that, the castle belonged to farmers.

In 1962, the national company 'Electricité de France' decided to build a dam in the valley. So it expropriated the last owners and planned to destroy the castle but the villagers revolted and entered the castle to make an Inventory of Historicals Monuments. In 2000, a terrible fire destroyed the castle but it was fully restored. The castle provides the setting for exhibitions for the summer period.

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Founded: 1578
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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evelyne jacinto (3 years ago)
Zenitude
Massimo Nichetti (3 years ago)
Nice an smal Castel surrounded by lake
Paweł Idzikowski (3 years ago)
The castle was built in 1578 by Jacques Isarn, a noble of Villefort. This family continued to grow in importance until marriage to a descendant with Marie-Suzanne de Varicourt "Marquise de Villefort", nourish and savior of the future King of France Louis XV. This évent led the family to move to Versailles. It was sold in 1760 and after the emigration of the last owner, it will be sold as a national asset during the French Revolution. After that, the castle belonged to farmers. In 1962, the national company "Electricité de France" decided to build a dam in the valley. So it expropriated the last owners and planned to destroy the castle but the villagers revolted and entered the castle to make an Inventory of Historicals Monuments. In 1964, E.D.F assign the monument to the Community of communes of Villefort. The castle was reinforced to protect it from dangers of the lake. In 2000, a terrible fire destroyed the castle but after extensive renovation works, it reopened its doors in 2006. It now hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of the region and temporary exhibitions of artists and craftsmen.[2
Sonia Barbier (4 years ago)
Beautiful place to hang out. There is a cafe there and they have animations like mini kids theater and book reading. Food is a little pricy but good. You can also picnic and relax. We bring out inflate matters and had the loveliest day. Also nearby is a crazy via ferrata with beautiful view above the lake.
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