The Château de Moncade is an old fortified castle whose remains stand on rue Moncade, in the commune of Orthez, in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-AquitaineFrance.

The castle is partially protected as a historic monument.

Construction of the castle was started in 1242 by the Gaston VII, Viscount of Béarn (the keep, known as the tour de Moncade) taking advantage of the absence of Edward III. When the King returned, Gaston was imprisoned and had to swear allegiance before being released. He subsequently reneged.

It was the residence of the Kings of Béarn when their capital was Orthez. Standing on top of a hill above the town, it afforded views of the surrounding county over a radius of more than 30 kilometres (19 mi). The central tower was surrounded by high curtain walls and moats up to 15 metres (49 ft) deep. Entry was by a drawbridge.

In the 14th century, Gaston Phébus, Count of Foix, altered it between 1368 and 1375.

The castle was burned during the Wars of Religion in 1569. It was sold during the French Revolution to dismantlers who largely demolished the curtain wall.

Address: Rue Moncade, 64300 Orthez, France


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Phone: +33 5 59 69 36 24

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 7 hr 39 min (812 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 2 hr 25 min (235 km) via A65
  • From Lyon: 7 hr 13 min (762 km) via A7, A9 and A64
  • From Marseille: 6 hr 1 min (623 km) via A64
  • From Toulouse: 2 hr 23 min (235 km) via A64
  • From Monaco: 7 hr 54 min (808 km) via A8 and A64
  • From Andorra: 4 hr 20 min (339 km) via A64
  • From Madrid: 5 hr 49 min (577 km) via A-1
  • From Moscow: 38 hr (3,678 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 21 hr 10 min (2,111 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 31 hr (3,060 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 10 hr 1 min (1,065 km) via A64

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide


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