Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Chateau

This is what I know about was built in the late 13th century and was probably a Templar stronghold. There are many of these stragetically placed Templar fortifcations along the Lot. The  family that owned it were lords in this part of the valley.The ruin you see on the left was part of the Chateau that was burned during the French Revolution when even minor nobles felt the wrath of the people. It's never been restored. During World War II the 2nd SS Division of German army occupied the area. Village lore has it that Nazi soldiers (always Nazi soldiers, never German soldiers!) were billeted here. The Chateau is most recently owned by the children of a woman who purchased it with the intention of restoration. She died before accomplishing that. Her adult children inherited  it and come periodically to stay. They've had neither the time or financial resources to do much other than keep it from falling apart.
Insignia carved in stone above the Chateau gates. In the middle you see the Dome of the Rock Church in Jersualem, a frequent Templar symbol.

Looking up at the Chateau from the river side.

 In the brillance of a crisp fall day, the Chateau looks majestic, but somewhat foreboding. In the short winter days, it just looks kind of sad. One good thing about winter, though, is as the leaves fall, more of the Chateau comes into view.
I would just love to walk up that stairway and into the big front door! Who knows...I may get the chance. Whether I do or not, my mission this winter is to uncover more of the Chateau's history. I'll let you know what I find out.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, a bit of detective work ahead for you? Excellent, keep us posted I would love to know more!