Padirac is a small Village with some famous Cave's. You really need to look at the website to see if you want to go, to me, they look excellent, but once again, was disappointed no photo's are allowed.
The village itself is lovely and old, with many interesting building's and a Chateau. I just wandered around and enjoyed it.
Padirac is located about 13kms from Rocamadour, and is well worth a visit.
Located just 12kms away from Rocamadour, is another lovely Chateau, situated on the edge of a high cliff.
It is the 11th centruy fortress, Chateau de Belcastel, which was restored in 1970.
IT HAS HAD QUITE A LIFE!
It all began in the 9th Century, when a Chapel was built by the villager's, and then in the following centuries, it was added to and became a Chateau.
In the 13th century, The Crown confiscated the Chateau, and then used it for the Military during the War.
In 1390, it was presented as a gift to a loyal and vigilant knight named Saunhac, who restored the Chateau, built a Bridge, and the Church that stands in the Village. Unfortunately, in the 16th century, the last Saunhac heir wasn't interested in the Chateau, and it fell into disrepair.
Luckily in 1973, French architect Fernand Pouillon bought the Chateau and restored the fortress by hand in the next 8 year's.
It was a tough job for the Algerian stone masons who quarried stones from a hill above the Chateau, and helped to erect all of the towers and walls without the use of cranes or machines.
When finished, Pouillon made the Chateau his home. After his death, new owner's purchased the Chateau, and opened it to the public for the 1st time.
Now we can see the original moat, the 5 courtyards, armoury, pieces of Art and interesting Architecture.
If you want, you can actually stay at the Chateau!
ADMISSION IN 2011..........Adults...7.50 Euro....Child [4-11]....3.50 euro's
OPEN.......... BETWEEN......April 1 through November 2
High Season... June 15 - September 15 ....10am - 7pm...Open on Holidays
Low Season...Sep16 - Nov 2... Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm (Closed 12-1)
Open on Holidays
Chateau de Belcastel 12390 Belcastel France
The village of Belcastel is situated in the Aveyron region of France between the towns of Rodez and Villefranche de Rouergue