Thursday, January 1, 2015

Chateau Montbrun in the January sun

“the sun was out and it was a lovely crisp sunny January day, so we thought we would make the most of it and find something to photograph”

TheĀ Montbrun Chateau built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th century.

chateau montbrun colour

chateau montbrun colour

The castle stands within a deep valley. Built in the 12th century, its function was to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls and a square keep topped with machicolations.

frozen lake at Chateau montbrun

frozen lake at Chateau montbrun

Montbrun is a fine example of a 15th-century castle. In plan rectangular, it is flanked in the corners with round towers and protected by water. Its narrow romanesque keep, 40 metres (131 ft) square, close up against one of the towers, gives it a strange appearance.

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