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The Castle of Montaigne situated in Perigord close to Bergerac and Saint-Emilion is the birth place of Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne (1533-1592), French writer, philosopher - he said "Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky" and "Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness" - and political figure, elected 2 times mayor of Bordeaux.
During the last years of his life Michael de Montaigne was a close friend of Henry III of Navarre, later to be King Henri IV of France, who visited the castle at least 2 times: in December 1584 when the king was battling catholics and he had to flee close to the protestant cities of Bergerac and Sainte-Foy, and in October 1587 when Henri wanted a rapprochement with his brother-in-law king Henri III.
The castle that was initially buit in the 14th century was many times renovated during the centuries. It is a private property and only the tower can be visited. It is listed as a historical monument by the French ministry of culture.
Château de Montaigne is also a wine producing domain. The Château produces red as well as white wines.
- May - June - September-October Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 12pm - 2pm to 6:30pm
July and August Open daily 10am to 6:30pm without interruption
The Tower can be visited only in a guided tour of around 45 minutes.
I would like to visit the tower July 28th. We will be taking a Viking Cruise and will be docked in Libourne that day. How far is it to the Tower and museum. As I am a descendent of the Montaigne family, it would be wonderful to also get to see the chateau. Please tell me the exact location of the Tower Museum and how many miles from our docking. We live in the state of Iowa in the USA. Merci,
Mary Lea Mountain Kruse