Which castle is known as the unfinished Louvre of the Périgord?
The château de Lanquais owes its nickname to the fact that part of the building was designed by Pierre Lescot, the architect of the square courtyard of the Louvre.
Which castle is the setting for the novel "Jacquou le croquant" by Eugène Leroy?
Eugène Le Roy set out to describe real places and monuments to set the scene for his novel. One of these is the Château de l'Herm, which has had a turbulent and bloody history. It was indeed the scene of several murders that shook the region in the 17th century. Discover the Château de l'Herm here
What is this castle?
The Château des Milandes is known for its famous owner Joséphine Baker,you will find here all its universe and its fabulous history.
In which monument embedded in the cliff can you find a museum of torture?
The fortified house of Reignac has been preserved in an exceptional state since the 14th century and is entirely original. Very well known in the region, it is the only completely intact troglodytic (i.e. built into the rock) "cliff castle" type monument in France. Find out more here.
In which castle were the films "The Visitors" and "The Last Duel" shot?
Beynac Castle was the setting for Jean-Marie Poiré's Les Visiteurs in 1993, Bertrand Tavernier's La Fille de d'Artagnan in 1994, Luc Besson's Joan of Arc in 1999 and Rydley Scott's The Last Duel in 2020. Discover here the castle of Beynac and its history...
In which castle can you find life-size war machines?
Since 1985, the castle of Castelnaud has housed the Museum of War in the Middle Ages. All the info on this fabulous castle here.
At the foot of which castle can you find a cave with a horse carved in bas relief?
Under the foot of the cliff is a treasure trove of cave art: the engravings of the Commarque cave. 34 engravings have been counted, including a magnificent horse sculpted in low relief and numerous anthropomorphic figures: pregnant women, female profiles etc. Discover Commarque castle here
With which castle is the legend of the White Lady associated?
A legend says that a 16th-century squire, Thérèse de Saint-Clar, would have been surprised with her lover by the unexpected return of war from her husband. As punishment for her fault, she was condemned to remain captive for 15 years in a small room in the north tower. When she died, she was walled there. Puymartin Castle One might see her wandering at night, in the form of a white lady, on the castle's way round, before entering this room.
In which area is this garden located?
Around the 17th century manor house lies the French garden, where the play of perspectives and the mastery of nature set the scene for the boxwood arabesques, the gushing fountains, the water mirrors, the grass mats and the collection of plant sculptures hand-carved by the Eyrignac gardeners. Find out more about the gardens of Eyrignac here.
The Périgord is called the land of a thousand and one castles, but how many castles are officially counted?
There are not really 1,000 and 1 castles in the Dordogne, the formula sounds like advertising, but the fact is real: if the number of castles built in France is estimated at a little over 10,000, the Dordogne has about 11% of them, making it the richest French department in terms of castles. Read more...