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Château de Beynac

Listed under Castles in South West, France.

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Perched precariously on a cliff overlooking the Dordogne river, the Château de Beynac is one of the best preserved castles in this part of France.  Built in the middle ages it looks like a castle that may have kept a prisoner in the attic, sandstone, and austere, but with lovely crenelated towers that give it a romantic feel as well – maybe this is where Rapunzel was kept by the witch?  

The location makes a lot of sense – there's no way you could attack that cliff in the 12th Century when the castle was built, and the plateau on the other side is built up with a double barbican for extra protection.  On one side a 14th Century residence has been added, which was redone in the 18th Century with lovely wood panelling, frescos and ornate fireplaces.  Which would have made poor Rapunzel feel like a properly tragic heroine.  

Château de Beynac was used as a location for the film 'Ever After' in 1998, in 'Jeanne d'Arc' by Luc Besson in 1999 and in 'Chocolat' in 2000.  

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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As one of the best known and best preserved castles in the region, the Beynac Castle looks stunning as it sits on the peak of a limestone cliff, dominating the town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built in the 12th century and had an important role in the Hundred Years' war, but was mainly unharmed. You can now visit this grand castle which was restored in 1962. The interior hangs large tapestries which illustrate scenes from the castle's storied history, including hunting and the lives of the various lords.

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