The Château de Mauriac is a castle located near the town of Senouillac in the Tarn department, in the Occitania region (France). The chateau is located in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards at the foothills of the Massif Central.

The castle was built in the 13th century by Guiriaudus de Mauricius. The construction of this Templar castle continued into the 14th century, it then was embellished by the enrichment of its owners thanks to the cultivation of dyers pastel or more commonly woad (Isatis tinctoria) which gave a royal blue color. The inner courtyard has an area of 400 m2 and includes eight mullioned windows.

During the Wars of Religion in the 16th century, the castle walkway along the wall was partially destroyed by Catholics because the owner, Bertrand de Rabastens was a Protestant.

In the 21st century

Since the 1960s, it has belonged to the painter Bernard Bistes, who was responsible for its renovation. The artist uses the rooms to exhibit his paintings.

This military fortress, listed among the fifty most beautiful private residences in France, has 5 guest rooms with four-poster beds.

The castle has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1972.

How to get to?

From Paris: 7 hr 16 min (658 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 3 min (69.5 km) via A68

From Andorra: 3 hr 16 min (245 km) via A68

From Madrid: 9 hr (777 km) via A-2

From Monaco: 6 hr 30 min (645 km) via A8

From Moscow: 38 hr (3,435 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 19 hr 53 min (1,949 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 29 hr (2,898 km) via E70

From Bern: 8 hr 26 min (798 km) via A75

GPS coordinates: 43° 57′ 25″ N, 1° 55′ 53″ E

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