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Castle Barrier: photos, description (Chateau Barriere)

The Barrier castle is located in Perigueux, South West France, Aquitaine region. This place has a rich history: it was inhabited by the Romans before Christ, and here were found the camp of CRO-magnons. The city was founded in 1240.

The castle is located in the historical centre of the city, at a distance of 200 meters from the former Cathedral of St. Stephen (Saint-étienne) and the Roman amphitheatre. Moreover, the building itself is built on the Foundation of the city's fortifications, built in the III century during the Gallo-Roman period. The details of these walls are still preserved and presented to the West of the castle grounds.

The fortress was built for defensive purposes in the XII century is impressive for its size. It was a key strategic point of the town. From the XIII century, the castle became the residence of the family of Barrier, in whose honor was named.

Unfortunately, at the moment, from the castle remained only ruins, although well-preserved. It was almost completely destroyed by the Huguenots in 1575 in the midst of the religious wars in France. The restoration of the buildings was considered inappropriate.

The ruins of the castle represent the powerful walls of grey stone, on which were several elegant Windows. Worthy of attention also the remaining two towers - southern and Eastern. The latter, though devoid of peaks, is of particular interest, since the portal entrance to this tower is made in the flamboyant Gothic style, and some details of the decorations of this elegant facade was saved.

In 1862, the castle was given the status of monument of history and culture of France.