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This is the Chateau de Montbrun, which is about an hour from my home. Apart from the very nice people, food, wine, pace of life etc, France does have lots of wonderful buildings.

The castle (then called Trados) was built in 1179 by Aimery Bruni (also called Brun) on his return from the Second Crusade. The Brun family, (Montbrun after 1366), remained owners until 1516. At the start of the Hundred Years' War, the castle was occupied by the English. It was retaken by the French in 1353. At the end of the century it was taken again by the English and partially destroyed. Between 1433 and 1438, square towers were replaced with round towers and the castle took on its present form.
In 1562, Montbrun was attacked by Protestants during the Wars of Religion and although it was not captured a fire raged through the castle.
During the French Revolution, at the instigation of people's representatives Borie and Brival, the castle was pillaged and destroyed and the archives were burned. The property was divided up and sold as national property. Restored in 1871, it suffered a serious fire in 1917. A second restoration was carried out between 1964 and 1966.
The castle is privately owned and run as a hotel. It has been a protected monument historique listed by the French Ministry of Culture since 1946.

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Title:Château de Montbrun
Username:stuart davies stuart davies
Uploaded:11 Mar 2009 - 3:56 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2009 - 4:07 PM

Lovely shot. Thank goodness it has been restored again. It is really beautiful and you captured it well...Sandy

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gary_d e2 Member 6537 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2009 - 4:42 PM

Great write up and a beautiful image. - gary

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2009 - 6:49 PM

Nice shot and interesting write up - must visit there sometime

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2009 - 12:10 AM

Lovely shot, an interesting write up too,
Geoff.

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andihun65
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13 Mar 2009 - 10:05 AM

Lovely photo of a beautiful building. It looks so tranquil there. I enjoyed reading your write up as well.
Andrew

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ray_paul  6 England
16 Mar 2009 - 11:20 PM

even better in large version nice write up-ray

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2009 - 9:40 AM

great shot very well composed
linda

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FredF
FredF  7 France
23 Mar 2009 - 1:22 PM

Great capture and history, well done.

Fred

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