Dordogne Day 3 - Bustling markets and deserted villages

12th November 2014

We began where we had left off the day before, by visiting another château, this one was slightly different from the rest though. Château de Commarque is a ruined castle deep in the Perigord forest. We arrived well before it opened, so once we had taken the 20 minute walk through dense woodland to get to it, we had the place to yourselves.

Founded in the 12th century as a wooden tower, predominantly as a means to discourage the Beynac family from their unending quest for land and power, the castle didn’t quite have the effect it was intended for. Once the Beynac’s had acquired it, they built the stone fortifications that came to be expanded on until the 18th century, and the remains of which can be seen to this day.

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