Pierreclos castle,a masterpiece of medieval architecture!
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The oldest parts of the castle built on a former pagan necropolis dates from the the 12th (parochial church) and 13th centuries(lord's tower).It was enlarged during the 15th century and the Renaissance period.Partially destroyed during conflicts between Armagnacs and Burgondians,French Wars of Religion and French revolution,it is restored little by little till today.
THE OUTSIDE VISIT:
By the lovely gilded gate,enter till the great terrace and enjoy the Romanesque church and the magnificent romantic landscape on the Maconnais vineyard.
THE ROMANESQUE CHURCH:the bell tower,on a rectangular plan is surelevated by a pyramidal roof with four sections.It contains no more bells today.It presents two levels of double windows in full round arch separated by small columns at the top.At the base two vertical openings decorated with stained glasses open on 0the choir.The entrance dates of the 19th century.
ROMANESQUE characterizes the artistic style used in the Western Europe between the 11th and the 13th centuries.
IN THE CASTLE
In the room of weapons are displayed items connected to the fights during the Middle Ages such as sword,protections,surgical instruments...
Next to the room of weapons stands the wide kitchen with two fireplaces,between them the ac cess to the bakery.
Going out the bakery,walk up the stairs to go to the room of spices.Follow up the stairs to the latrines(interesting pannels are displayed on the facilities of castles in the Middle Ages).
Going back downstairs,I appreciated the very rare architecture of the main staircase built in the 16th century.There several pannels present the life and work of the French writer,poet and politician Lamartine and his link with the castle.
Walking up the first floor,I enjoyed a very interesting temporary exhibition about "Cooking during Middle Ages",done by the "Tour Jean Sans Peur" of Paris with the National French Library.
The visit ends in the vaulted cellars rich in items and informative pannels(works of vineyard and wine,phylloxera,pyrale...)
Don't forget the prisons with informative pannels on jails and justice in the Middle Ages...
Château Historique de Pierreclos
71960 Pierreclos(10 mn from A6 motorway,exit 29 and 10 mn from the TGV station MÃ¢con-LochÃ©)
-From April 1st to October 31st:10am-6pm every day except Friday and Saturday:10am-4pm
-November-March:10-12 am and 2-5pm Monday to Thursday,10-12 am 2-4 pm on Friday and Saturday,closed Sunday and Holy days
-closed from 1st -31st january
Entrance fees:6,50 euro,wine tasting 3 euro
entrance and tasting 8 euro
children under 7:free,7 to 12:4 euro
for groups 6,50 with free wine tasting