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A view through the gates of the château in the small village of Montchaude. I turned to black and white for this picture because the light was all wrong to properly capture the tones in the façade of the château. Hope you will like it.

The façade, which dates from the fourth quarter of the 16th century and is in Renaissance style, is all that remains of the château that was originally built for the Saint Gelais family. Major restoration works were carried out to the building and its dependencies in the fourth quarter of the 19th century for its then owner, Louis Arnoux who was the Member of Parliament for Barbezieux.

It is considered by some to be one of the two Renaissance pearls of the Charente, the other being the Château De La Rochefoucauld. Both apparently shared the same architect, Antoine Fontan.

The château at Montchaude is still in private hands and cannot be visited.

Montchaude is a village, population about 500, in the département of Charente close to the small town of Barbezieux. Its economy is dependent on farming and viticulture.

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