Beynac Castle in Dordogne, France
The castle has a commanding view of the river. The river takes a turn here and the castle was at the elbow of that curve/turn. You can see down river and upriver easily. This is a very strategic location. There is another castle on the other side of the river that was British during the great war. This is easily seen and also imposing. The name of that castle is Castelnaud.
There are plenty of opportunities to get artistic with photography here. The ancient stone, the stairways, the beautiful views of the river, the old leaded glass windows are some of the things that attracted me. I'm sure there is much more that can be found here. Your creative juices can be put to good work.
The tour of the castle itself guided. Most of the rooms are empty although there are a few tables or displays here and there. The view of the surrounding countryside is peerless.
It is fun to note that several movies were filmed here. I am most familiar with Drew Barrymore's movie "Ever After." Beynac Castle served as the home of the villain. Drew Barrymore walked out of the castle door pictured above. It was there that she met her handsome and humbled prince who had come to save her.
|View looking from the castle top|
|View looking up the Dordogne River|
|Castle top is great for views all around the valley|
|The Main Beynac Castle Assembly Room|
|Artistic shot through the ancient glass|
|Student traveling through the castle, stopping to rest|
|View of Dordogne and the Beynac Castle Chapel|