Château de Montaigut

Gissac, France

The first traces of the Château de Montaigut date from the 10th century. Built on a rocky outcrop dominating the valley of the Dourdou de Camarès river, it defended the town of Saint-Affrique against attacks from the south. Enlarged and transformed in the 15th century by the Blanc family, it was restored several times before falling into ruin. The castle was finally restored in 1989.

The castle is built over a medieval necropolis. The castle has beautiful vaulted rooms served by a spiral staircase, a cellar, a cistern carved in the rock, a guard room and prison, bedrooms and kitchens. Visitors can admire 17th century plasterworks.

Today, the castle has become a permanent centre for cultural events. The Château de Montaigut is one of a group of 23 castles in Aveyron which have joined together to provide a tourist itinerary as the Route des Seigneurs du Rouergue.

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Montégut, Gissac, France
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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kiwimédia Bubu (12 months ago)
Nice place. Beautiful panorama on the rougier. A small village of yesteryear in its own juice with everything in place, such as machines, habitat is to be seen during the visit of the castle. The castle is superb, well renovated. Discover the atmosphere of the lords. A short day is necessary if we want to enjoy.
João Carlos Belém Domingues (2 years ago)
Very 'ice views. The castle was closed. Could not visit.
João Carlos Belém Domingues (2 years ago)
Very 'ice views. The castle was closed. Could not visit.
Bruno Berthier (2 years ago)
More than a castle to visit! A small ecomuseum is also to discover.
marion Venturini (2 years ago)
Great! Reconstitutions in all the rooms / houses that give life to the place. A little game for children to keep them busy. We had a great time!
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