château de Madaillan

The tower is in spur, ruined, retains a ground blind. Adjoining body, with a 1 level vaulted in cradle, serving once stable and room Guard (and probably wine cellar), is surmounted by a large room with a fireplace in the thickness of the south wall, served by a spiral staircase, the 3rd level is assigned to the defense. The large (approx. 13 x 16 m) tower to the West has 5 styled not vaulted levels with a Pavilion roof. Castle, isolated at the end of a spur of confluence dominating the small valleys of the streams of Bourbon and Saysset, is separated from plateau to the East by a wide ditch. G. Tholin and P. Bénouville, who have devoted a monograph to the Castle, then j. Gardelles, believe that the initial construction dates from the 4th quarter of the 13th century, 1285-1289, built for the of le Fossat, noble lineage among the most powerful of Agenais: constructions, circumscribed in a quadrangular enclosure, then appear to be confined to a tower fortified in spur to the East, adjacent to a vaulted room-bass. The first mention of the castrum dated 1307, in a document where it is State of the seigneurial residence ('domo and castro')
* expansion were probably made to the very beginning of the 14th century for Amanieu III du Fossat, with inter alia the development of a corps de logis grafted onto the Bass Hall and the construction of the crenellated outer wall. The construction of the so-called West Tower the Tower, adjacent to the corps de logis, appears immediately after the Amanieu III fortress in 1342 restitution after its confiscation by the King of France. Of ultimate expansion work is carried out towards the end of the 14th century, on the doubling in depth of the old house (destroyed southern part). During the wars of Religion, serving entrenched camp in Protestant Castle was besieged in vain by Monluc in 1575
* more than the damage caused by Headquarters (the breach in the Chamber to the West), it seems that the destruction of the tower to spur and a part of the dwelling or because of the desire of protestants to the place out of defence before its return to Catholics. Long abandoned, the castle was partially restored in the 19th century (j. lives de Lescale property) and 20th century.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France

Castle of Madaillan
Crédit photo : (Castle of Madaillan, madaillan)

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Castle of Madaillan, Patrimoine classé ou inscrit dit 'château de Madaillan' à madaillan (lot et garonne 47360). madaillan, lot et garonne

Location and general information

  • identifier : 73715
  • item : château de Madaillan
  • Location of the building :
    • Aquitaine
    • Lot-et-Garonne
    • Madaillan
  • Place name : Château de Madaillan
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 47155
  • Zip code of the municipality : 47360
  • Order in the communal list : 2
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : castle
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : disrepair

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 4 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 13th century
    • 4th quarter 13th century
    • 14th century
    • First half 14th century
  • Investigation : 1998
  • Date of protection : 1950/06/20 : inscrit MH
  • Date taken into account : 1999/11/23

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 4 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • limestone
    • average unit
    • ashlar
    • stone
  • Roofing : Coverage of this building is varied there are 4 different types :
    • roof with long tails
    • rump
    • pavilion roof
    • roof
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • the main material of this building is hollow tile
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • A mode of coverage listed 'barrel vault semicircular'
  • Floors :
    • floor type : 4-storey square
  • Stairs : 3 types of stairs have been cataloged in this monument, stairs are of type :
    • spiral staircase
    • masonry
    • stairs in work-
  • Decoration of the building :
    • The decor consists of 'sculpture'
  • Representation :
    • the only ornament listed is 'arms'
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : the coat of arms of du fossat are carved on the fireplace in the ground floor of the tower. private property
  • Author of the survey MH : Beschi Alain
  • Mérimée reference : IA47001561

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