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Château de Biron

Château de Biron

Château de Biron or Biron Castle is situated in Dordogne département of France.



Location: Dordogne département   Map

Constructed: 12th century




Description of Biron Castle

Château de Biron 

Château de Biron or Biron Castle was constructed here in the 12th century. It was named after Gontaut Biron who acquired local lands through marriage. It holds a strategic location in the valley of the Lede river. Biron Castle was captured by the sect of Cathars in 1211. This secretive and legendary sect of heretics quickly earned response from the Roman Catholic Church. Simon IV de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, led Albigensian Crusade against these heretics and retook the citadel the following year. Today only the keep is all that remains from the original building. In the 16th century the castle was reconstructed and added Renaissance living quarters, vaulted kitchens and a chapel. In 1928 Château de Biron was proclaimed as monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. In 1994 it was the filming location of La Fille de d'Artagnan with Sophie Marceau and Philippe Noiret.










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