Castle of the Month: Rochefoucauld

October 30, 2009

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Our castle for October is Chateau de la Rochefoucauld, a well-known chateau in the Charente region of France. Perched on a rocky promontory over the River Tardoire, it was built in stages from the 11th to the 18th century and has been owned by the distinguished Rochefoucauld family throughout its entire history.  Its phenomenal grand staircase (ceiling shown below), added about 1520, may (or may not) have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who was living in Amboise on the Loire and died in 1519.  Its library is renowned.  The chateau is a popular destination for visitors to the nearby Cognac region.

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The market town that grew up around the castle is picturesque, with the river winding through and the Gothic collegiate church with its exquisite rose window, rare among all the 14th century Romanesque churches that dot the countryside.

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Castle photos by Jerry White of The Staging Prince.

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