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Montréal Château


Montréal Château
Nothing remains of the early fortress, the «Black Castle», which was destroyed by the Norman invasion.
Hélie de Saint-Astier built a château in the early 14th century which was destroyed in 1430. Michel de Peyronenc had it rebuilt in 1467 when Louis XI gave permission for its fortifications to be restored.


Montréal Château

The château, which still stands today, underwent alterations in the 16th century but there remain a few traces of the earlier building.
Having lived at the Valois court and admired the châteaux of Blois, Amboise and Chambord, the 16th century owner, Pierre de Pontbriand, subsequently ‘modernised’ his own château.


His son, François, continued the work, building a new chapel (listed as an Historical Monument) in which to put the tombstone of his much-loved wife, Anne de Grossoles, with an effigy of himself lying at her side. The chapel houses a ‘blessed thorn’ which Marshal Talbot was carrying when he was killed in battle at Castillon in 1453 and which was brought back by Michel de Peyronenc.
Strangely, nearby the name ‘Talbot’ has been given to place with underground caves and passages.
The Canadian town took its name from the Seigneur de Montréal, a travelling companion of Jacques Cartier.

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Tower House

The Tower House
St Jacques’ Tower (the origins of the name are unknown) is in the process of being restored. A small house which stood right in front of this beautiful Renaissance property has been knocked down to clear the view. The Tower House has an underground passage and cave used for hiding people, known as a ‘cluzeau’. A small stream provides water for the (private) property.
At the entrance to the village stands a house with truncated towers (private property) which in 1620 was referred to as the « noble house of Mothe ».


Tower House

The Seigneur de Montréal wanted to turn it into an abbey for his daughter, Anne Pontbriand. The 1620 document describes the building as very large. However, the project was never realised and by 1693 the house is simply referred to as the Mothe farm house and by the beginning of the 20th century had been transformed into the post office.


Issac Château
A glimpse of the château (private property) can be had when standing with one’s back to the village. Old postcards show a beautiful, typical 19th century garden.


Saint Avit Church


Saint Avit Church, Périgourdin Hermit
St Radegonde is celebrated in this church and his relics used to be laid out on the Sunday following 15th August. It has a 12th century rounded apse and a cupola above the transept crossing . The beautifully proportioned church is one of the loveliest in the Villamblard area.