Montlucon Castle – Dukes of Bourbon Castle
In the city of Montlucon in Auvergne lies an imposing fortress with a beautiful chateau on top. The fortress and chateau belonged to the Dukes of Bourbon, a noble family that would later become King of France (and later on Spain).
Perched high on a big rocky hill, it is the central building of the city and can be viewed from anywhere.
The initial construction in the year 1070 was based on the foundations of a Roman fortress (a “castrum”) that was in ruins. The massive fortified walls surround the elevated castle grounds.
From the castle grounds (free access), you have an unrestricted and impressive view over Montlucon and its surroundings. The castle itself was built in 1370 during the 100 year war.
Unfortunately, the years have been very unkind to the castle. After 1527 the castle owners lost interest in their property. Used as a farm, city hall, theatre, police station, storage and the worst, a military barrack (who destroyed a big part of the castle), the castle itself was never properly restored to its initial beauty. It has been, and still is, neglected for many years.
Today the castle is a museum dedicated to music. Inside, the restoration is not what it was supposed to be, quite neglected and not restored properly. For example, instead of using wood as it was, the “restorers” used concrete.
It’s a pity that over the years they have not been able to restore this very special castle to its former glory. But if you ever the visit the region, the short climb up on the castle grounds warrants the effort. The Montlucon medieval city is below you, and offers a pleasant view.
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