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Château de Puymartin

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Searching for the Dame Blanche at the Chateau de Puymartin

The Chateau de Puymartin with its beautiful crenelated towers was built in the 12th century (about 1270), destroyed during the Hundred Years War (1358), and rebuilt around 1450 by Radulphe de Saint-Clar who inhabited it. The castle was later restored partly in the 19th century (about 1890) by his descendant, the Marquis de Carbonnier de Marzac, ancestor of the present owners. But it was at the time of Radulphe de Saint Clair that the legend of the White Lady (la Dame Blanche) was born, a legend that traces the life of Therese of Saint-Clar, imprisoned in the north tower of the Castle by her jealous husband. It is there that she died and always in the same tower that she was enclosed. From that moment the her ghost has been seen by several people …although not us, unfortunately!

We loved it because: for its tapestries, furniture, and the antique objects as well as the black & white painted mythological cabinet (that can be visited only by appointment).