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Chateau de Bonaguiltourist information guide
Address: Saint-Front sur Lemance, 47500
Tel: +33 (0)5 53 71 90 33
Opening Times: Daily | Admission Charge
Chateau de Bonaguil is one of the last fortified chateaux to be built in France. Majestic and awesome sum up this immense military masterpiece. Chateau de Bonaguil was built between the end of the 15th-century and beginning of the 16th-century.
Its keep was designed to ward off artillery fire and there are 104 gun emplacements in total in the castle. In fact, this is the uniqueness of Chateau de Bonaguil. It was designed to stand up to the newly developed firearms of the age.
It was Berenger de Roquefeuil who transformed Chateau de Bonaguil into an impregnable fortress. De Roquefeuil was a powerful Languedoc Lord much despised for his extortion and foul play.
Those who crossed him generally met with a bitter end. This is the reason why de Roquefeuil took 40 years to perfect his impressive masterpiece. He wanted to create a fortress to watch over and control the masses below. Chateau de Bonaguil was never attacked until the eve of the Revolution.
It was demolished during the Revolution but what remains today is still most impressive.
You'll enter Chateau de Bonaguil via the barbican - an enormous space for storing powder and weapons. The barbican in itself was the first line of defence.
The second line of defence was five towers including the 'Grosse Tour' which is one of the strongest towers to be built in France. The Keep proved a useful watchtower and command post.
Inside the Keep, you'll see arms and artefacts that were found mainly in the moat and grounds of the castle. Chateau de Bonaguil was also equipped with a well and baking house where provisions were stored for its army which consisted of 100 men. Attack was unlikely unless the men were starved out over a long period of time.