This gallery brings together a dozen of abandoned castles that I discovered in the course of my wanderings in the South West of France. These small castles all have a story to tell.
Among others, one will find in the gallery the Castle of the Three Poets, known for hosting Alphonse de Lamartine, Alfred de Vigny and Francis Jammes.
The Castle of Mont, forgotten by its Australian owners and eventually bought by the municipality of Lacq who wants to save its old stones.
And many others, bearing equally absurd stories.
For more chateaux in the South of France, see also the pages of the Castle of Ilbarritz or Castle Bijou.
Bordeaux to Spain, the Basque Country in Toulouse ... Some links between all anyway: oblivion, abandonment ... and the sunny South of France.
On the small road, my eyes are drawn to a shaggy garden.
Braking, I park in a hurry.
The fence is tired.
It's summer! Jungle and insects are having a field day to slow the progression.
Then the building is revealed, appears suddenly accessible.
Photos on the sly ... The neighbor's dog has a fine ear.
Standing on tiptoe. To disappear unnoticed.
Hauntingly beautiful. Wow, the thought of the amount of effort and money it would take to clean them up and restore them boggles my mind. I will consider exploring some of these if they are still standing when I go to Europe at some future time. I saw a book in English on abandoned places in a French book store in December. The photos and stories of the places in it were spectacular but it was sold when I went back to get it and now I am searching for it on the internet. I found you in that search, amazing photos!
Thanks for a photos (they are awesome!) and a bit of information. I'm travelling to France next week and I hope to visit this castle and another 17 abandoned places which I targeted! :-)
Yeah, definitely... these castles look very impressive, especially the castle of Mont
Those castles seem amazing !
I wonder what has to do to buy one of these properties for a restoration.
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