Château de Mauriac

Senouillac, France

Château de Mauriac was built in the 13th-14th century. It was damaged by the Catholic army during the French Wars of Religion in the 16th century. Today the castle is used for weddings and other events.

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Mauriac, Senouillac, France
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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www.chateaudemauriac.com

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Richard Forde-Johnston (3 months ago)
Very interesting tour.
Philip Jackson (5 months ago)
A fabulous Chateau, well worth a visit.
Florian Armatol (5 months ago)
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Wilma Heslop (12 months ago)
A very interesting chateau with the flair of an artist. We really enjoyed it
Mark Oppenheim (2 years ago)
Modern Art and History. Nice chateau off the beaten track. Unlike many of the local chateau, this is more of a palace thana fortress, but the real draw here is the combination of the slowly restored building and the extraordinary paintings and decoration created by the owner: still lives, landscapes and (surprisingly intimate) nudes.
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