Castle of Lavardens - Art center in Gascony Castles in Lavardens

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens at 10:00 am

Useful information

  • Guide du Routard
  • Michelin Le Guide Vert
  • Plus Beaux Villages de France
  • Le Petit d'Artagnan
  • Famille Plus
  • Monument Historique
  • Gers en Gascogne
  • Région Occitanie
  • Grand Auch

Location : Countryside

Province : The Pyrenean Valleys

Services

  • Cash
  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Open all year round
  • Parking
  • Spanish spoken
  • open 7/7
  • English
    • Listed as a Historic Monument in 1961, the Castle of Lavardens was rebuilt by Antoine de Roquelaure, on the ruins of the Castle of the Counts of Armagnac. Built on a rocky outcrop, the fortress of the Counts of Armagnac benefited from a vast visual field which allowed surveillance and security. Born of a love story, this castle takes its current form with the Marshal of France, Antoine de Roquelaure, who built this building for his young wife, Suzanne de Bassabat. Sometimes a noble residence, sometimes a condominium with twelve occupants, its uses and its transformations were multiple, the castle lived many lives and adventures over the centuries. Saved by an association, the Castle of Lavardens is also available around an art center hosting exhibitions and events throughout the season. Camille Claudel, Dali, the art of Santon… so many discoveries each year in the multiple rooms of the castle.

      SUCH A SINGULAR ARCHITECTURE

      Built on a rocky outcrop, the fortress of the Counts of Armagnac benefited from a vast visual field which allowed surveillance and security. Only a few remains of the medieval castle remain. It is at the western end of the main body of the castle and opposite in the south-eastern wing that the most important remains of the initial fortress are preserved. In 1620, Antoine de Roquelaure surrounded himself with two great architects: Pierre Souffron, general architect of the king, and Pierre Levesville, one of the architects of the cathedral of Auch. The castle uniquely combines the nascent classical taste with the maintained feudal posture.

      The castle of Lavardens holds the attention by its exceptional belvedere aspect, obtained thanks to a balcony developed on three facades, to the abundant fenestration of immense casements and to overhanging turrets. It was designed to enjoy the widest horizon, it is one of the most beautiful views of Gascony. The west towers, built in the 17th century, rest on the buttresses of the medieval castle. They rise cantilevered over the corbels or squinches. The towers are a real architectural feat of the time. They are only places of passage and allow to connect the galleries between them. On the south facade, a wooden gallery rested on the stone corbels.

      By its imposing appearance, the castle makes few concessions to the decor but it has a beautiful interior adornment: an exceptional set of floors from the 17th century. The castle has seventeen rooms with different pavements. They are made of pink bricks (local terracotta) and carved stones (light local limestone). The patterns, which are different in each of the rooms, seem to have a meaning. No other monument is known with such a diversity of pavements.

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Traveller Reviews Castle of Lavardens - Art center in Gascony

4.3 sur 5 1346 reviews

  • Christopher Seater

    3 sur 5 Reviews posted by Christopher Seater on 11/05/2024

    The glass exhibition was really good. Worth a visit

  • David Grenthe

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by David Grenthe on 02/05/2023

    A very beautiful little village. Well worth visiting with its castle from 10th century and the adorable church with nice view

  • Denis Broomfield

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Denis Broomfield on 13/05/2023

    Amazing building. And the exhibitions were spectacular. Well done to all those who are involved in the developments.

Traveller Reviews Castle of Lavardens - Art center in Gascony

4.0 sur 5 241 reviews

  • "Shopping or Sightseeing?"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by PTulip (York) on 21/04/2019

    This is a beautiful ancient château Outside it looks brilliant both from a distance and close up Initially thought that the 14+€ entry fee was worth while till we got inside It was a bloody shop...

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  • "Beautiful château and artwork"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Daleen D (Boulogne sur Gesse, France) on 23/03/2019

    A beautiful château with stunning views of the surrounding area, especially from the rooftop. The art exhibition is well laid out and very interesting and different pieces of art on display. Worth a...

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  • "Wonderful and interesting chateau, if you can get in."

    1 / 5 Reviews posted by Ge0rgia49 (Bedford, United Kingdom) on 04/09/2018

    Interesting chateau and exhibitions but the opening times as posted on the web and beside the front door are not to be believed. We travelled some distance to visit on a Monday morning in early...

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Ride around

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LAVARDENS : CIRCUIT DU CHATEAU

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Castle of Lavardens - Art center in Gascony

Address

Château de Lavardens
32360 Lavardens

GPS coordinates

43° 45'39.14"N, 0° 30'39.33"E

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