Biron

D2. * 141. n Place des
Cornières, Montpazier (05) 53 22 68 59.
Once the seat of one of
Périgord’s four baronies, the
massive Château de Biron
straddles the border between
the Périgord and the Agenais.
With a 12th-century keep,
Renaissance living quarters,
a Gothic chapel and a small
14th-century manor house,
decorated with 16th-century
frescoes, it embodies a stunning
medley of architectural
styles spanning the 12th to
the 18th centuries.
Having given asylum to
Cathars in 1211, the castle
was besieged by Simon de
Montfort, and it changed
allegiance countless times
during the Hundred Years’
War, suffering attack and
damage as a result. It was
largely rebuilt during the
Renaissance and now towers
over the village of Biron,
which has some fine houses
around its covered market.
+ Château de Biron
Tel (05) 53 63 13 39. # Jul–Aug:
daily; out of season: call.
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