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DiscoverPeyrelade CastleMajestic medieval fortress at the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn

Peyrelade Castle

In the Middle Ages, Château de Peyrelade was one of the most important fortresses in Rouergue (Aveyron). From the top of its natural dungeon rock, it controlled the Tarn valley and the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn, extending its influence to the borders of Gévaudan (Lozère), Languedoc and Sévéragais. Built in the 12th century, it has stood the test of time, bearing witness to the days when lords ruled the region… A must-see during your stay in the Gorges du Tarn.

Architectural history of Château de Peyrelade

The name Château de Peyrelade comes from “Petra Lata”, meaning “Large Stone”. The castle’s history is full of twists and turns. It already existed in the 12th century, when it belonged to the Ahenric family. It then belonged successively to different lords, until the De Sévérac, the d’Anduze, the Viscounts of Creisseils and the Roquefeuille all fought over it. Rouergue was given to the English following the Treaty of Brétigny in 1360: this was the Hundred Years’ War, when the region took on major strategic importance as the border between English and French territory. At this time, the castle was taken by roaders, who were themselves dislodged by the English before Guy de Sévérac drove them out of the region. In 1385, the castle was set on fire by Bernard d’Armagnac after more than two months of siege. 5 years later, a company of truckers again seized the castle and pillaged the surrounding area.

Visits to Peyrelade castle

After centuries of neglect, the Château de Peyrelade has come back to life! Excavation and restoration campaigns have been underway for almost 40 years, and the château is open to visitors during the summer months. It then becomes the venue for numerous medieval events.

A village castle

At the foot of the dungeon rock, sheltered from the northerly winds, lay the village of serfs and peasants. Access was difficult, and travel was by mule. In the 12th century, 89 houses were inhabited, after which the number of inhabitants began to decline to just 4 families in 1920. The last native inhabitant left the village in 1963. In the 1970s, a number of families began restoring the houses as their main residence, and they still live there today…

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