Castle of Montfort


castle of montfort

Vitrac, Dordogne department, France
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13th century

The Castle of Montfort sits on a rocky ledge overhanging the cliffs and dominating the village of Vitrac. The history of the castle is a long series of battles and sieges; it was destroyed and rebuilt more than any other castle in the region.
The history of this chateau starts with the renowned cathar, Bernard de Casnac, who occasionally lived in the castle; he was also the original castellan of the nearby Castle of Castelnaud. Unfortunately for him, both castles attracted the attentions of Simon de Montfort during his Albigensian crusade fought against Cathars.
The castle was attacked and razed to the ground by Simon de Montfort in 1214. There is a popular legend that the ghost of Casnac's daughter, who was burned to death at Montfort, still haunts the chateau. Curiously enough, the castle is named after Simon de Montfort.
In the 19th century, major renovation works were carried out. Although the castle is not open to the public, it offers splendid views over the lovely countryside filled with woods and orchards.

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