Château de Launac

Launac, France

Château de Launac was built by the viscounts of Gimoes in the 12th century. In 1148 the castle passed into the house of Isle Jourdain. Dismantled after the Treaty of Paris in 1229, the fortress was rebuilt in the fifteenth century by Carmaing Nègrepelisse. It consisted of four corner towers including an old keep from the twelfth century. 

This castle was undoubtedly again dismantled by Cardinal Richelieu under the reign of Louis XIII. Today two wings remain. Inside the castle is a monumental fireplace and painted decorations from the XVth century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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A. L. (11 months ago)
Le château est magnifique mais très peu adapté aux normes handicap. Les toilettes notamment sont un véritable cauchemar. Cependant c'est un beau château, la vue et le parc sont magnifiques.
Geneviève Bourcier (11 months ago)
Ce lieu est magnifique et nous avons plongé dans une très belle atmosphère médiévale. Un château majestueux et un intérieur étonnant de chaleur avec ses pièces proportionnées et accueillantes. Mais rien ne saurait être plus accueillant que Valérie et Didier, les propriétaires, qui nous ont fait partager tout leur amour pour cet endroit et nous donne l'envie d'y revenir.
Daniele Marchand (11 months ago)
Lieu magnifique et chargé d'histoire. Idéal pour tout événement privé ou professionnel. Nombreux espaces de réception et un parc sublime. Félicitations aux propriétaires
Steph Payet (13 months ago)
Ce château est authentique et est resté dans son style original .c'est un endroit idéal pour des réceptions de tous genre .
Nathalie B (2 years ago)
Lieu historique impressionnant. Idyllique avec son parc à taille humaine. Et des propriétaires charmants, très professionnels et sécurisants. Idéal pour célébrer un mariage, avec intérieur et extérieurs à la hauteur. Le mariage de mon fils y a été très réussi.
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