Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Arcangues castle and its library containing more than 10,000 volumes

Arcangues Castle (Château d’Arcangues in French) is located in the Basque lands of France, near Arcangues town (or Arrangoitze in Basque). It is located near Biarritz, in the Atlantic Pyrenees region (Pyrénées-Atlantiques).

The castle rises on a small hill in the middle of a park planted with three-hundred-year-old oaks, overlooking Bayonne on one side and the …

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Bellocq castle – ruins that have been a Historical Monument since 1997

Bellocq Castle – ruins that have been a Historical Monument since 1997

Bellocq Castle (fr. Le château de Bellocq) is located in the eponymous town of the French Atlantic Pyrenees (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) department. Bellocq was located on the border of Guyenne, which belonged to England in the 13th century. Gaston VII de Béarn built a castle on …

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Montreal Castle has managed to be the viscount residence, and the military hospital, as well as the bakery, and the monastery School, and the town hall since the XVI century

Montreal Castle (fr. Le château de Montréal), also known as Château d’Orthe, is located in Peyrehorade, in the French department of Landes. The castle is an object of historical heritage, according to the decree of June 15th, 2012.

The castle is a building in the Louis XIV style – the former Viscounts of Orth’s (Orthe) residence. …

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The Salses fortress is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France)

The Salses castle (fortress) is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France). From a chronological perspective it is the third of the Salses castles, after the Vell Castle and Castle Reial.

This castle today serves as a Museum of Salses History. It is located in …

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The castle of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and its medieval village

The castle of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Fr. Le château de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) is a medieval fortification built at the end of the tenth century by Conrad I, count of Ventimiglia, to prevent the Saracens from settling again in the region.

It is on the peak of the commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Originally, the castle was a fortress uniting …

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