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Chateau de Salignac, Salignac-Eyvigues

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  • Close to Sarlat-La-Canéda you have the small hamlet of “Salignac-Eyvigues”. Here you can visit the “Château de Salignac” who is the former castle of the “Salignac Fénelon” family, in the commune of... 
    Close to Sarlat-La-Canéda you have the small hamlet of “Salignac-Eyvigues”. Here you can visit the “Château de Salignac” who is the former castle of the “Salignac Fénelon” family, in the commune of...  more »
  • This is a must-see if you are anywhere near Salignac-Eyvigues ! Steeped in local history and classified as a historic monument, it is an excellent example of a late medieval castle. Remi gives a... 
    This is a must-see if you are anywhere near Salignac-Eyvigues ! Steeped in local history and classified as a historic monument, it is an excellent example of a late medieval castle. Remi gives a...  more »
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  • First mention of a castle dates back to the turn of the millennium. Typically enough the original wooden structures start to be replaced by stone buildings in the 11th and 12th centuries, to which date back the two dungeons of the Salignac castle. The Salignac Castle has seen a lot of historic changes, reaching its height in the 15th century after which it slowly decayed. The castle suffered damages during the Hundered Years War and the Wars of Religion. During the French Revolution villagers took over the castle, broken up and sold. By 1910 the main building and guardhouse were still standing. By 1912 the Salignac family bought back the castle and turned the remains into a stately manor, leveling most of the ruins and guardhouse to create a garden around three terraces on different levels. The castle was abandoned again, and by 2006 found new owners that set-out on a multi-generational journey to restore this historic monument. They worked 15 years to stabilize the site, replace structural beams and redo the ‘lauze’ roof. In 2021, 30 years after its last inhabitants left, the castle reopened its doors to the public. A visit gives you the unique opportunity to visit ‘a work in progress’. Much of the terraces are currently excavated, which allows for a sneak-peak under the surface. The spiral staircase provides access to the basement cut out from the rock, a room ‘left as they found it’, the central part currently under renovation, as well as a restored room with its ‘pisé’ floor and historic decor.
  • Very much a work in progress but one of the rooms has been fully renovated to show the standard intended for the rest of the castle. Worth a visit and we will return in a few years to see how it's going.

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