This chateau at St. Laurent Les Tours, southwestern France, dominates the skyline both night and day near St. Céré, Lot, France. Canon T2i, ISO 200, f13, 30 seconds, tripod.
Brief history of the chateau:
- 900ad – Roman oppidum / town established to dominate valley of the Bave River.
- 1178 – The nobles of this area were vassels of the Count of Aurillac then later d’Auvergne; in this year the noble Guillaume IV cedes the location to Vicomte Raymond II de Turenne.
- 19th century – The chateau is rebuilt.
- 1943 – The artist Jean Lurçat rebuilds the chateau and makes it his workshop, decorating the walls, floors, doors and windows with his artwork.
- Today – The chateau acts as a museum to Jean Lurçat showcasing his artwork (rugs, pantings, ceramics) created between 1943 and his death in 1966.