Cénevières, a family castle...

Built on the village cliffs in the Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy, 6 km from Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Château de Cénevières, built between the 13th and 16th centuries, is one of the most splendid Renaissance monuments in the Quercy region.
Its terraces overlook the Lot valley.

 

A little history...
The natural cave on which it is built served as a hideout for Gaiffier, Duke of Aquitaine, who spent most of his life fighting against Pepin le Bref, who was attempting to unify France. The town was conquered in 767 by treachery after a four-year siege.
In the 11th century, the "La Popie" family, famous lords who gave their name to the medieval village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, began building the castle.
In the 12th century, the founding family sold their property to the Gourdons, who became lords of the castle and owners of the Cénevières lands.
In 1580, the young King of Navarre, the future King Henri IV, visited his friend Antoine de Gourdon, who had just transformed his château into an Italian Renaissance palace.
Today, the De Braquilanges family, owners of this unique Renaissance site in Quercy since 1793, have made it possible for the château to be classified as a historic monument, and since then have been organizing tours to keep the history of this place, steeped in stories great and small, alive.


Listed as a historic monument since 1957, the château's owners now welcome visitors.
For many years, the Marquis, Guy de Braquilanges, has "acted as guide" to the château, its furniture, its memories and its family history. Sights include the 13th-century keep, an Italian-style gallery, French ceilings, large kitchens and dungeons...
Around its elegant main courtyard, the Renaissance-style residence houses luxurious rooms with a remarkable painted ceiling featuring views of Constantinople, as well as an unusual alchemy room, with paintings on the theme of Ovid's Metamorphoses.

For over an hour, you'll tour ten furnished rooms (13th, 16th and 18th centuries), featuring numerous objects and relics from these different centuries.

Patrick, his son, and his daughter-in-law Patricia, have innovated with night-time tours in costume, every Wednesday in summer!
The château's rooms are available to hire for events.

 

Château de Cenevières
D8 - 668 Route du Château

46330 Cénevières
Tel.: 05 65 31 38 08

contact@chateau-cenevieres.com

https://www.chateau-cenevieres.com/

 


To go further....

CALVIGNAC - Le château de Cénevières depuis le village

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Calvignac possède des voisins prestigieux. Parmi eux, le magnifique château de Cénevières. C’est lui que l’on voit au loin à travers cette belle arche du village. La porte se transforme ainsi en cadre d’un tableau dans lequel un village et un château entrent en résonance, unis par un même objectif : surveiller le Lot et sa plaine.
CALVIGNAC - Sur son trône végétal

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Comme beaucoup de ses voisins, Calvignac est un village perché. C’est flagrant sur cette photographie prise depuis une maison excentrée du village. Majestueux, il domine la vallée et semble faire jeu égal avec d’autres collines. Mais ce qui m’a également frappé depuis cette vue, c’est la présence imposante de la végétation dont la tension vers le ciel guide le regard vers le village depuis la rivière. Le village minéral devient alors quasiment une excroissance du végétal. Magnifique fusion.
CALVIGNAC - Le promontoire près de l’Eglise Saint-Etienne

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Au-delà de l’Eglise Saint-Etienne, on arrive à un promontoire offrant un magnifique point de vue sur le Lot. Mais l’élément que l’on découvre en premier, c’est cette croix. Dépouillée, pure, humble, elle se détachait sur le ciel. Sa présence était telle qu’elle occupait l’espace avec la force de l’évidence, tendue vers l’immensité du ciel. Celui-ci, très nuageux ce jour-là, offrait une belle texture mystérieuse. Les martinets dans le ciel achevèrent de donner à la scène une ambiance quasi mystique.

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