At an altitude of 562m, on a rocky spur 200m above the Gorges de la Soudeillette, the imposing ruins of the Château de Ventadour stand on a site which evokes both the power of the feudal system in medieval times and the emergence of courtly love to which the name of the troubadour Bernard de Ventadour is indelibly linked. For over a century during the 12C and 13C, the Château de Ventadour was one of the most important centres of artistic creativity in the whole of the Languedoc region. Eble II, viscount of the Château de Ventadour, was considered a master in the art of the “trobar” (a specialist form of troubadour poetry). It was in this cultured environment that Bernard de Ventadour developed his poetic skills. Only the ramparts, round tower, seigneurial dwelling and St George chapel remain from the original castle.
Open daily, 10am to 13 pm and 2:30 to 6:30pm from 1 July to 31 August (guided tour at 3pm every day except Saturdays). Open Thursday to Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm from 2 may to 30 june and 1 to 22 September. Guided tours throughout the year for groups, Monday to Friday, by prior arrangement only (minimum of 15 participants). Duration: 1hr. Free tours and admission on National Heritage Days in september.