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Nerac Castle

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The castle was the residence of d'Albret family the kings of Navarre since Amanieu VI d'Albret in the 13th century. Marguerite d'Angouleme(de Navarre) the wife of Henri II d'Albret and later her daughter Jeanne d'Albret make make from Nerac a center of European culture and huguenot bastion.
It is there that Marguerite de Navarre - arguably the best female writer of the 16th century - writes The Heptameron.
Between 1577 and 1582 was the principal home of King Henri de Navarre and his wife Queen Marguerite de Valois, who were holding in Nerac a court comparable with the one at the Louvre. Queen Margot will always remember during her life the "joie de vivre" of the court of Nerac where they enjoyed "all kind of honest pleasures".
Unfortunatelly the castle was distroyed during French Revolution and only the north wing and its interior tower survives.
It hosts the permanent exhibition "Henri de Navarre on the steps towards the throne".

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Address:Impasse Henri IV, 47600 Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne
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Visiting Hours:Open from October to March, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..
Open daily from April to September from 10 am to 6pm without interruption.
Closed December 25 and January 1.


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