As said in a previous tip, the interior was quite suprising. Especially after seeing the uneventfull and non-inviting exterior
The castle has a total of 35 rooms that are open for visit with such tempting names as hall of secrets... . But unfortunately for us, the chateau wasn't open that day. But after asking if we good have a quick look around, we could see this entrance hall (the hall of the 3 marshalls). As long as i didn't step on the floor since they were just finishing cleaning it....
This ancient fortified tower used to be the old entry gate to Duras. It dates back to the 14th century.
When you get your ticket, you're handed a booklet kind of thingy with all the explenations about the castle and the histroy of it. Before this you'll find a page warning you about the fact that since the castle is so old, it's floors and stairs are very uneven. So you need to watch your step.
And so i did. At least at all the difficult places. And then i more or less ran down these stairs. because there wasn't too much too see. And i had just taken this photo.... And at a nano-second in which my attention was drawn elsewhere i steps into a sort of hollow with my left foot. Causing my left ankle to sprain and my right knee made an ugly twist. And there i lay halfway donw those steps in agonising pain... and it was 2 floors below entrance (and by now urgently exit-) level... That did cost me my mobility for the rest of the time i was in France....
So, you're warned!
Actually, we didn't go inside this museum this time. Not sure if it was even open or not. But i will definitely visit it next time i'm in Duras. Just to check it out and see all there is to see about parchement