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Iweinvanaalst wrote a review Sep 2019
Lille, Belgium528 contributions330 helpful votes
Mauzun castle was erected between 1230 and 1240 by the bishops of Clermont. In its heyday it was an impregnable stronghold, boasting three curtain walls and twenty towers. After 1650 the fortress was abandoned and gradually fell into ruin. Since 2001 the castle is owned by the family Charrier who strive for its consolidation and restoration. Visitors can discover Mauzun with the help of an information brochure or participate in an outstanding guided tour (lasting about one and a half hour). I enjoyed the privilege of a solo guided tour by a charming older lady who proved a fountain of knowledge in fields as varied as philosophy, history and off course the castle. She spoke with devotion and passion about “old general Mauzun” and her words brought life to the ruins. I was amazed about how much this lady could tell about a quite ruinous stronghold. The design proves truly singular with towers with elephant feet, a keep boasting three levels of fire, a trap entrance, a very peculiar shield wall composition with adversely aligned stonework, intramural machicolations, sentry posts in the valley and so much more. No towers or walls can be scaled but don't let its battered appearance fool you. Strongly recommend to everyone with a soft spot for old stones.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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