For more than eight hundred years, this imposing monument with magnificent slate roofs has proudly dominated the Dordogne and Bouriane valleys.
From the feudal castrum of the year 1000 to the current fortress surrounded by a triple enclosure, the building is a brilliant testimony to the great hours of the history of France, in turn the last Cathar refuge in the region in the 13th century, a fortress besieged several times during the Hundred Years War, royalist bastion during the Wars of Religion and the Fronde, and forever
“temple of the spirit” with the birth within its walls, on August 6, 1651, of the illustrious writer Fénelon. His writings, including his masterpiece Les Aventures de Télémaque, still mark European consciousness and make him the precursor of the great philosophers of the 18th century and of his native home the cradle of the Age of Enlightenment.
For more than thirty years, the castle, still private and inhabited, has undergone a vast program of safeguarding and enhancement, rewarded with several official distinctions.
Today, the interior visit of the monument includes many rooms having regained their period furniture and illustrating several centuries of history of decorative arts and seigniorial life.
The artistic richness of the collections presented, associated with this substantial architectural, historical and literary heritage, reinforces the place of the Château de Fénelon among the major sites of Aquitaine and ensures its reputation as a “fortress of Arts and Letters”.
The visit gives you access to the exteriors and furnished interiors of the castle as well as to the exhibition on the writer Fénelon. The route is carried out by means of explanatory panels.
We offer translations in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian.
Due to the filming of the TV movie “FORTUNE de FRANCE” directed by Christopher Thompson and adapted from the historical fresco in thirteen volumes written by Robert Merle, the Château de Fénelon will be closed from April 1 to 29, 2023. Reopening on Monday May 1, 2023.