Address Castle of La Rochefoucauld 16110 La Rochefoucauld-en-Angoumois, France

Proudly standing on the banks of the Tardoire since 1026, the castle of La Rochefoucauld is an amazing building full of history.

The first fortified castle was built around 1026. A stronghold of the region, the building has suffered the ravages of time, yet quickly passed into the hands of the La Rochefoucauld family. It was within these walls that Charles VII, King of France, learned of the victory of his troops in July 1453, putting an end to the Hundred Years War.

In 1520, a large part of the castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style while keeping the keep, which was rehabilitated and raised several times. The building was used as a main residence for many years. The Second World War and the troops of the Occupation considerably dilapidated the place.

Partially renovated in the 1960s, notably with the help of President Charles de Gaulle and his minister André Malraux, the castle can now be visited every day except Tuesdays. The funds collected from the visits allow the restoration of the majestic building to continue.

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