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Nerac Castle

Espiens, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

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24 Nov 2020

About Nerac Castle

An edifice of the French Renaissance style, the 13th century Château de Nérac is a castle in the Lot-et-Garonne département in southwest France.

A stately home belonging to Arsieu of Albian is mentioned in 1088 but the first mention of a castle on the site is that belonging to Amanieu VI of Albret (Labrit) in 1259. The castle was rebuilt between the 15th and 16th centuries by the House of Albret.

The castle was the location of a vibrant court during the life of Jeanne d’Albret, Queen Jeanne III of Navarre, and the youth of Henry III of Navarre, the future Henry IV of France. In 1560, Queen Jeanne III and her court converted to reformed religion after the meeting of Theodore de Bèze, and they welcomed a number of artists, such as Clément Marot.

After the coronation of Henry III of Navarre as King Henry IV of France, the castle was deserted. It was partially destroyed in 1651 by Henry of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, after the town revolted against King Louis XIII of France and then dismantled during the French Revolution, except the northern part, which is now a museum.

The castle has been listed as a monument historique since 1862 by the French Ministry of Culture.

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