Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes a strategic high location over river Dordogne valley across Château de Beynac.



Location: Périgord   Map

Constructed: 13th century


History of Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

The first document that mentions Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle dates back to the 13th century at the time of the Albigensian Crusade, although it might have existed before that. It became famous during extermination of heretical group known as Cathars. Simon de Montfort briefly took the castle, but Cathar castellan was Bernard de Casnac quickly retook the citadel hanging the whole garrison of soldiers. In the several centuries the castle changed hands repeatedly. Needless to say many legends and paranormal claims still exist on the location. Today it is a private property open to the public and features the museum of medieval warfare.