Castles - Palaces - Manor Houses

Château de Castelnaud

by Bert Schwarz

War Museum of the Middle Ages

The castle is a medieval hilltop castle in the Périgord Noir, not far from Sarlat-la-Canéda and Bergérac. It stands on the banks of the Dordogne River opposite Beynac Castle.

Château de Castelnaud

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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The fortress of Castelnaud is first mentioned in history in 1214, when Simon IV de Montfort, leader of the crusade against the Albigensians, conquered the castle by order of Pope Innocent III and returned it to the property of the French King Philip II.

Burg Castelnaud ©
Burg Castelnaud © Bert Schwarz

During the Hundred Years' War, Castelnaud was a strategically important fortress due to its exposed, heavily attacked river location and changed hands several times. I do not want to go into too much historical detail here. In summary, I would just like to say that at that time heavy stuff was what was going on, which can be easily observed during a tour of the fortress. The technical development of weapons continued and the fortress was developed accordingly. The beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 brought the «Aus». Castelnaud was looted and set on fire. However, the masonry was preserved until 1832. The castle became the quarry for the Dordogne river bank fortifications.