Chateau de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac

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One of the best-preserved and best-known castles in the region--and a location for films such as several films, including "Ever After" (1998) and "Chocolat" (2000)--Chateau de Beynac was built in the 12th century. Perched atop a limestone cliff for defensive purposes, it's been included on the French Ministry of Culture's Historic Monuments list since 1944. Restored in 1962 by Lucien Grosso, highlights include rich tapestries with scenes from the lives of the castle 's former medieval residents. Use our Beynac-et-Cazenac road trip site to visit Chateau de Beynac on your trip to Beynac-et-Cazenac, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • After a stop at the castle restaurant, we decide to make our visit beyond the village at the foot of the castle to this feudal fortress to dominate part of the Dordogne valley and the Périgord region. We were not at all disappointed with our walk. Located on top of a vertiginous cliff more than 150 metres from the Dordogne Valley, declared a historic monument in 1944, this majestic castle is very well preserved and still today people take care of maintaining and renovating it. Visit to make and worth a visit. Our guide made us discover her story with humor and passion, thank you to her for sharing this moment of conviviality.
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  • Located on a cliff overlooking the village and the Dordogne, a castle in perfect condition which is one of the best preserved of the Périgord. It was here that the Visitors and Joan of Arc and many other famous films were shot. Square dungeon that dominates the entire valley. Grand rooms, a weapons room and a very large kitchen. This is where King Richard Heart- de - Lion stayed. Place to visit for the pleasure of the eyes. A must see.
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  • Lovely place to visit.. Don't miss the delightful look into the medieval times with a gorgeous lush surroundings and views. We spent several hours walking the grounds on a self guided, freely roaming the ruins. I was not disappointed and feel the entrance fee was fairly priced...
  • One of the most interesting "fighting" castles ever. Not only does it have the greatest of views 360° over the hilly Périgord, but its sheer presence tells a tale of ruthless resistance throughout its 900 yr history. Get a guide to explain the finer points of its defense mechanisms.
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