Château Castelnaud is one of the five castles in the Valley of the Five Châteaux — one of outstanding features of the Greater Daglan Area. In previous postings, I’ve shown views of Castelnaud from below, at the level of the Dordogne River. Today let’s do it the other way around — and show what it’s like at the top.
For these photos, I have to thank daughter Anne, son Michael, and Michael’s partner Vanessa, who were visiting with us in late August and early September. While I drove them up to château, they did the tour on their own, while I sat in an outdoor restaurant and sipped Perrier and coffees. We’ll start with a look at the hamlet that lies around the foot of the château itself:
One of the great features of Château Castelnaud is the array of armaments it contains. Inside the castle, there’s an astounding medieval war museum — one look at some of the brutal weapons will make you very, very glad you weren’t a soldier in the Middle Ages. And then there are the catapults:
Here’s a close-up of one of them:
Here’s another view, showing the interior of the château compound (you’ll get an idea of the scale of the place when you see how small the people look):
This is another view, looking almost straight down from the top of the château:
Looking outward from the top of the château, you’ll be dazzled by the view — once you go beyond being dazzled by Anne’s hair:
And here’s another view, clearly showing the bridge that crosses the river at the Tournepique, below the château. At the left, the road leads up to Sarlat; to the right, the road heads down to Daglan.
To close, here’s a view looking out from Château Castelnaud towards another of the Five Châteaux — in this case, the former home of Richard the Lion Heart. It’s Château Beynac, probably the most imposing of the castles in the area. Tomorrow we’ll visit Beynac, and see how its views compare.