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Vaillac Castle

Coeur de Causse, Occitania, France

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24 Nov 2020

About Vaillac Castle

The Château de Vaillac is a castle in the former commune of Vaillac, now part of Cœur-de-Causse, in the Lot département of France. The castle was built during the 13th century and was recorded during the Hundred Years’ War.

The present building contains elements from the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

In 1597, Anne de Montberon, lady of Vaillac, rebuilt the castle from its ruins. Decorations were ordered from Mathieu Jacquet de Grenoble, sculptor to the King. The castle has five circular towers, one of which, in the centre of the facade, contains the staircase. The corps de logis includes a square keep. The eastern side has two half height corner towers. A square bastion overlooking the village contains a chapel. Along one side, vaulted stables could accommodate 500 horses. Internally, there are monumental chimneys and French ceilings with traces of decorative painting.

The Château de Vaillac is privately owned and not open to the public. It has been classified since 1958 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

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