Castle of Bruniquel


castle of bruniquel

The castle is often called Castles of Bruniquel (i.e. castles, plural). This is because, two centuries after its construction, the castle was shared between two branches of the Comminges house, hence "chateau vieux" (old castle) and "chateau jeune" (young castle).
According to legend, the Merovingian Queen Brunehaut or Brunhilda built the first castle, "the old castle" or "castel Biel" in the 6th century on the site of a Roman castrum.
The "new castle" dominates the confluence of the Aveyron and Vere from a height of 80m (~260 ft). It was built between 1485 and 1510 and was remodelled during the baroque period.

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Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne department, France
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12th century

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