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Fenelon Castle

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Fenelon Castle is a feodal fortress that overlooks the Dordogne and Bouriane valleys.
It preserves intact all its defensive system as well as its original stone roofs.
The castle, a private property that can be visited and is still inhabited by its owners, features important collections of furniture, art and ancient weapons dating from the Middle Ages unti Napoleon times.
There is also a "curiosities" room that presents all kind of believed legendary objects: a giant's tooth, a small piece of the Trojan horse, centaur hoof etc.
The oldest vestiges of the castle belong to the 13th century. The castle played its role in the Cathare Crusade , the Hundread Year War and the Religious Wars and was remodeled and fortified during the 15th, 16th and 17th century.
Its most illustrious inhabitant was Francois de Salignac de la Mothe Fenelon (1651-1715) who was actually born in the castle.
He was chosen in 1689 by Loius XIV to be the tutor of the Duc of Bourgogne Louis' grandson and future "Dauphin".
In 1699 Fenelon falls in disgrace due to the publication of his masterpiece "The Adventures of Telemachus" a thinly veiled criticism of the absolute monarchy.

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Address:Saint-Mondane, 24370 Dordogne
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Visiting Hours:Closed in January / February / March / November / December
April / May / June / September 10:30 am-12:30pm and 2:30 pm-6:30pm Closed all day Tuesday and Saturday mornings
July / August 10:30 am-7:00pm
October 14:30-5:00pm Closed all day Tuesday and Saturday


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