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Cazeneuve Castle Travel Guide
Cazeneuve Castle, Midi-Pyrénées (© Jimjag - Fotolia.com)
Château de Cazeneuve.

Introduction

Cazeneuve Castle is one of the ancestral residences of the House of Albret, whose most illustrious member was Henry IV, King of Navarre and France. Henry IV resided at some point at Cazeneuve with his wife Margaret of Valois, better known in France under the name of 'Queen Margot'.

The château has retained its original medieval and Renaissance furniture, including the Royal Apartments.


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History

Dating back to the 11th century, the present castle was built in the early 14th century by Amanieu VII d'Albret, counselor to Kings Edward I and Edward II of England.

His descendants would become in turn Counts of Dreux, Gavre, and Castres, then, by the marriage of Jean d'Albret (1469-1516) to Queen Catherine of Navarre, would inherit the County of Foix, Viscounty of Béarn, and Kingdom of Navarre. He also accumulated the titles of Count of Périgord, Viscount of Limoges and Viscount of Tartas. His grandson, Henri III of Navarre, would become King Henry IV of France.

Opening Hours & Admission

The castle is open from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, daily from June to September, and on weekends and national holidays only from Easter to 30th May, and from 1st October to 1st November.

Admission is 9 € for adults and 5 € for children.

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