The castle of Beynac is located in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordogne, 12 km southwest of Sarlat.
It is a medieval fortified double built from 1115 on a rocky promontory overlooking the course of the Dordogne and overlooking the village.
Its construction was decided by the local lord, the baron of Beynac, and its defensive vocation (moats, bastions, crenellations, barbican...) monitoring the valley and several strategic axes, doubled over the centuries a function residential (elements of Renaissance style at the level of the house, remodeled in the 16th and 17th centuries).
The oldest element is a square keep of Romanesque style.
In the apartments, where woodwork, frescoes, tapestries and painted ceilings have been preserved, the centerpiece is the meeting room of the states of Périgord where the barons of the region gathered.
Example of military architecture that proved particularly effective during the Hundred Years War where the Dordogne was the coveted border between kingdoms of France and England, the castle of Beynac has the specificity of being very well preserved.
A time property of Richard Lionheart, he reintegrated the heritage of the lords of Beynac in the thirteenth century, and descendants will own until 1961.
With its terraces, its authenticity made the happiness of many filmmakers, and the castle of Beynac, obviously a listed monument, served as a backdrop for several films.
A must for anyone staying in the region, the building being the jewel of one of the most beautiful villages in France...
Open every day from 10h to 19h. From October to March, free visit with booklet delivered to the reception. From April to September, guided visit (duration approximately one hour).
Price: from 4 to 8 euros.
Information on +33 5 53 29 50 40.