Château de Montbrun

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Château de Montbrun

The Château de Montbrun is a castle in the commune of Dournazac in the Haute-Vienne département of France. The castle was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th.[1]

The castle stands within a deep valley. Built in the 12th century, its function was to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls and a square keep topped with machicolations.[2]

Montbrun is a fine example of a 15th-century castle. In plan rectangular, it is flanked in the corners with round towers and protected by water. Its narrow romanesque keep, 40 metres (131 ft) square, close up against one of the towers, gives it a strange appearance.


Defensive war castle (built on the land so called “Trados”) was built in 1179 by Aymeric Bruni[3] (also called Brun) on his return from the Second Crusade. The Brun family,and the Kind of England Henry the second (Montbrun after 1366), remained owners until 1516. At the start of the Hundred Years' War, the castle was occupied by the English. It was retaken by the French in 1353. At the end of the century it was taken again by the English and partially destroyed. Between 1433 and 1438, square towers were replaced with round towers and the castle took on its present form.

In 1562, Montbrun was attacked by Protestants during the Wars of Religion and although it was not captured a fire, the castle was pillaged and partly destroyed during the Hundred Years’ War and the archives were burned. The property was divided up and sold as national property.Montbrun was partly and modernly restored ( one out of 5 towers) around 1871, it suffered a serious fire in 1917. A second restoration was carried out between 1964 and 1966. In 1996 the castle was bought as a ruin by Dutch composer and writer who remains the owner of this unique and now thanks to the personal finds and efforts of Mr. Lamers it is his persona property with its forests and private lakes and chestnut plantation.French Ministry of Culture.

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  1. ^ Ministry of Culture: Château de Montbrun (in French)
  2. ^ Michelin Green Guide Dordogne Berry Limousin, (2000) p. 127 (illustration p.36) ISBN 2-06-132501-7
  3. ^ "Les châteaux sur la route Richard Coeur de Lion " on the official website of the Monts de Châlus communauté de communes

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Coordinates: 45°38′10″N 0°53′53″E / 45.63611°N 0.89806°E / 45.63611; 0.89806