Château de Saint-Sauveur

Rocbaron, France

On a wooded hilltop just southeast of Rocbaron village are the ruins of Château de Saint-Sauveur. A short hike up from the village visits the ruins and gives you a magnificent view across the land.

About 10 minutes up the trail are the ruins of the ancient chapel. Really just the stone walls of the old building sitting in the trees at the edge of a small clearing. Interesting, but the real ruins are another 10-15 minutes up to the peak.

At the extreme top of the hill sit the stone ruins of 12th-century Saint Sauveur Castle. Enough of the castle walls remain on the eagles-nest site to give a Medieval feeling about it. Across the hills to the northeast, the castle ruins of Forcalqueiret are clearly visible.

Written history of the castle is rather scarce. Study of the stone defenses indicates 11th century, and possibly 10th century. The story of the castle's demise is also verbal and variable. One theory is that the castle was destroyed during local wars. Another, possibly more plausible, is that the isolated site was abandoned for the newer and more accessible castle of Forcalqueiret.

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

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DOMINIQUE QUEFFURUST (2 years ago)
Beautiful site, beautiful view and well marked route from the center of Rocbaron
Julie Escande (2 years ago)
Walk, it climbs. Not accessible to pushchairs or people with reduced mobility.
Stéphane Miget (3 years ago)
Nice place for its calm and its view
Angélique Brosse (3 years ago)
Poorly marked path. Forced to turn around. All this to get back to the starting point. Otherwise very nice view.
Jocelyne Diaz (3 years ago)
Only for a short walk with a good drop
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