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Chateau de Roquetaillade

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Address: Mazeres, 33210
Tel: +33 (0)5 56 76 14 16
Opening Times: Jul/Aug:daily; East-Nov:pms; Nov-East:pms on Sun | Admission Charge

Chateau de Roquetaillade was built on the site of prehistoric caves with the name 'Roquetaillade' meaning 'carved out of rock'.

We suspect that the first timber fortifications were laid down by Charlemagne on his way to the Pyrenees. These early fortifications were later replaced by stone foundations sometime during the 11th century.

However, Chateau de Roquetaillade didn't really take shape until 1306 when Cardinal Gaillard de la Motte (a nephew of Pope Clement) ordered work to begin. It was only due to Pope Clement V's influence that persuaded King Edward 1st of England to allow building work to commence.

Chateau de Roquetaillade is an excellent example of feudal architecture made up of two forts from the 12th and 14th centuries. There are six immense round towers crenellated and pierced with narrow slits. You'll also see the impressive square keep and turret as you enter the courtyard.

Chateau de Roquetaillade was restored in the 17th century with many Renaissance features being added such as the Chimney in the Synodale room. Another wave of restoration came in the 19th century by architect Viollet-le-Duc (also responsible for Carcassonne). He added to the unique interior design of Chateau de Roquetaillade which earned Roquetaillade the title of "monument historique". The interiors are well worth a visit to the Chateau.

Chateau de Roquetaillade is still privately owned by an English family who have lived there since 1306. The surrounding land is farmed where Bazadais cows are bred and red and white wine is produced.

You can visit the farm museum in July and August to gain an insight into 19th century rural life.

Guided tours are available in English and the family history is also well documented.

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