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The département’s activities

The Département (county) of Haute-Vienne is the owner of the ruins of Châlucet and of the Ligoure Forest Park estate. Almost 20 years ago it launched a huge programme to protect and upgrade the site, to make this a high-quality cultural and tourism attraction.

The key stages in Châlucet’s renovation


1996

Acquisition by the area council

It was in 1996 that the "Conseil Général" (area council) of Haute-Vienne decided to acquire the ruins of Châlucet, a mediaeval fortress listed as a historical monument since the 19th century.
Since then, a number of programmes combining excavations and consolidation work have been undertaken

From 1997 to 1999

The start of the restoration work

start of the restoration work

Upper Châlucet : Restoration of the outer walls, the forward defences and the Porte du Capitaine (Captain’s Gate). At the same time, a huge archaeological survey was carried out.. Parallèlement, une vaste étude archéologique est menée.

Lower Châlucet : Restoration of the outer walls.

Total cost of the work: €535, 000

From 2000 to 2003

Restoration of the Tower of Jeannette and of the Chapelle des lices

restauration de la Tour Jeannette
Restoration of the Tower of Jeannette

Restoration of the Tower of Jeannette: Installation of a platform at the top of the tower, providing a 360° view across the site.

Restoration of the Chapelle des lices in Upper Châlucet.

Total cost of the work: €384, 000

From 2004 to 2006

Restoration of the northern facade of Upper Châlucet.

Restoration of the northern facade of Upper Châlucet.

Total cost of the work: €805, 800

From 2007 to 2009