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Châlucet, from the Middle Ages to 3D !

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New: a reconstitution of the fortress

Take a trip back in time and explore the fortress from its origins around 1130. Read More
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Come along whenever you wish!

Visit Châlucet on a go as you please basis with no time restrictions, or as part of a guided tour. Read More
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A major mediaeval site waiting to be discovered

The fortress of Châlucet was listed as a historical monument in the 19th century at the initiative of Prosper Mérimée. Read More
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The département’s activities

The Département (county) of Haute-Vienne, the owner of the site, is performing large-scale conservation and upgrade work. Read More
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A great trip for the whole family

As a great place to go on a trip for the whole family, Châlucet is a major medieval site in an outstanding environment. Read More
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  • Visiting Châlucet

    Just 15 minutes from Limoges, Châlucet can be visited on a go as you please basis with no time restrictions, or as part of a guided tour.

  • Châlucet unveiled!

    Just a stone's throw from Limoges, the mediaeval fortress of Châlucet stands proudly on its rocky spur.
    During an interview with the historian and teacher Christian Rémy, learn more about the unique and turbulent history of this site which has survived through the ages.


    Further information: 05 55 00 96 55
  • Conservation and improvement work

    The Conseil départemental (departmental council) is the owner of the ruins of Châlucet, a mediaeval fortress listed as a historical monument and of the Ligoure Forest Park estate. It has launched a huge programme to protect and upgrade the site, to make this a high-quality cultural and tourism attraction.

    Learn more about the work.
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Châlucet’s place in history

The fortress of Châlucet is one of the major heritage sites of the Haute-Vienne and Limousin areas. It was listed as a historical monument in the 19th century at the initiative of Prosper Mérimée.

The first castle (castrum) was founded around 1100. During the 13th century, it was divided into two fortifications: Upper and Lower Châlucet (Haut and Bas Châlucet).

While Lower Châlucet remained a manor jointly managed by several lineages of knights, Upper Châlucet underwent extensive modification around 1270 - 1280 with the creation of a new castle in the middle of it.

Read the whole story

The département’s activities

The Département of Haute-Vienne is the owner of Châlucet’s ruins and of the Ligoure Forest Park estate.

 

Almost 20 years ago it launched a huge programme to protect and upgrade the site, combining archaeological digs and consolidation work to make this a high-quality cultural and tourism attraction.

Further information

The Ligoure nature site

  • image A 40-hectare forest park, located at the meeting point of the Ligoure river and of the Gabie brook in the district of Saint-Jean-Ligoure. It was part of a larger 400-hectare estate, created in the second half of the 10th century by Frédéric Le Play. Read More

    The history of the estate

  • image A 7 km route with 10 information points to help you discover the many curiosities to be seen along the way on the Ligoure estate! Read More

    Nature trail

  • image The fortress of Châlucet and the adjoining Ligoure forestry park are noteworthy for their contribution from a landscaping, botanical and ornithological viewpoint. Read More

    Things to see along the way

  • image The Ligoure estate was completely shaped by the Le Play family. Who were they? Read More

    The who’s who of Ligoure

  • image Since 1997, the Département has been the owner of 40 hectares of the Ligoure forests standing alongside the mediaeval fortress of Châlucet. Working with the national forestry office, it ensures that these are sustainably managed. Read More

    The département’s activities in Ligoure

  • image The Conseil départemental is continuing its initiatives to preserve natural sites which contribute to Haute-Vienne’s heritage, including the Ligoure Forest estate. Read More

    Sensitive natural sites

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