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Château de Montbrun

By stuart davies
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.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Mar 2009 4:07PM
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 10 576 13 Wales
11 Mar 2009 4:42PM
Great write up and a beautiful image. - gary
Ray42 10 3 England
11 Mar 2009 6:49PM
Nice shot and interesting write up - must visit there sometime
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
13 Mar 2009 12:10AM
Lovely shot, an interesting write up too,
andihun65 9 3
13 Mar 2009 10:05AM
Lovely photo of a beautiful building. It looks so tranquil there. I enjoyed reading your write up as well.
ray_paul 9 17 England
16 Mar 2009 11:20PM
even better in large version nice write up-ray
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 9:40AM
great shot very well composed
FredF 11 1 France
23 Mar 2009 1:22PM
Great capture and history, well done.


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