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Chateau de Beynactourist information guide
Address: Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, 24220
Tel: +33 (0) 5 53 29 50 40
Opening Times: Daily, Mid March to Mid Nov guided tours available | Admission Charge
Chateau de Beynac is one of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in France. Perched high on a cliff face towering the village, Beynac has always occupied a strategic position on the Dordogne. This is one of the reasons why Beynac has been much fought after throughout the ages passing from French to English hands on a regular basis.
In 1147, for example, Richard the Lionheart tried to bequeath the castle to Mercadier, one of his captains. However, Mercadier was mysteriously murdered and Beynac remained in French hands. It wasn't until the reign of Louis XIII that Beynac finally remained firmly in French hands - Louis' loyal subjects prepared to defend the castle at all costs.
The interior is well worth a visit particularly if you are interested in a typical medieval layout of a fortress. Chateau de Beynac, was once the arch rival of Chateau de Castelnaud which lies just across the river and which, unlike Beynac, swore allegiance to the English crown. So, as you can see some interesting history to be had here.