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Beynac-et-Cazenac: photo, description Beynac-et-Cazenac)

In 1982 in France, founded the Association the most beautiful villages of the country, which currently includes more than a hundred small settlements. One of them is the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac in Aquitaine Dordogne. To enter this list, the village must have at least a couple of historical sights, to have a local program for the preservation of cultural heritage, and the population of the village must not exceed two thousand people.

In Beynac-et-Casnice historical sites more than two, and chief among them is the château de Beynac, around which formed the village of Beynac. In 1827 the village was annexed to another municipality, and their common name began to sound like "Beynac-et-Cazenac".

The first mention of the existence in these places fortified castle date back to the first half of the XII century. Its owner was Baron Maynard de Beynac, and in the possession of the family of Beynac, the fortress was until 1761, however, with a short break. At the end of XII century the fortress was captured and destroyed by Simon de Montfort, a Baron of Beynac he accused the Qatari heresy. But a few years later de Benac was able to reclaim their property through the intervention of the king, to whom he turned for help. In the years of the hundred years war château de Beynac was almost on the "front line" - Dordogne passed the conditional border between troops of the two States. The French army managed to hold the Fort.

In 1962 the castle was owned by Lucien Grosso who has carried out the restoration of the building, after which considerably "prettier" castle started to use great attention of filmmakers - within its walls there were several historical films.

In addition to Chateau de Beynac in the village you can see several landmarks: the Church of St. Martial and Notre Dame, are both national historic monuments, the tower, the Tour des Chevaliers and the ruins of the XIII century of an ancient monastery Abreak also historical monuments.