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The Château de Peyrelade is a ruined castle in the commune of Rivière-sur-Tarn in the Aveyron département of France.

The name is derived from the occitan “Pèira Lada”, meaning wide rock; an accurate description of the site. Objects found on the site suggest it was inhabited in prehistoric times.

Thanks to its position controlling the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn, it was one of the most important castles in the Rouergue province. It existed at least as far back as the 12th century, and was the scene of incessant battles and sieges until 1633 when it was dismantled on the orders of Richelieu.

The ruins give a good idea of the layout of the castle. The outer wall was more than 250m (~800 ft) long, 10m (~33 ft) high and 2.1m (~7 ft) thick. The castle was dominated by a natural rock keep more than 50m (~163 ft) high, only accessible from a round tower attached to it

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

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    Photography b...over 1 year ago

    Such a fantastic capture and image, Malcolm and great info – well done !!

  • Morning Mattie thank you very much for stopping by

    – mrcoradour

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    What an incredible place, and so well caught. I must have driven right past it without seeing it when we were there in 1980. Just a minute, maybe they built it since then! LOL!

  • hee hee yep it was finished last year David, many thanks

    – mrcoradour

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Amazing building – great capture and write-up Malcolm

  • Morning Chris thank you very much

    – mrcoradour

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    I always thought that Richelieu was a little strange!!!! A fantastic capture Malcolm!!!

  • The town that is named after him Bill, is also a very strange place, it gave Sally and me the shivers, a strange man indeed thank you

    – mrcoradour

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 1 year ago

    Magnificant capture my sweetcakes!!

  • Thank you my little Cheesecake I had it built just for the two of us.

    – mrcoradour

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much

    – mrcoradour

  • jayluk
    jaylukover 1 year ago

    This is definitely living on the edge
    nice capture Malcolm I will now check my house insurance lol

  • hee hee this one must be safe it’s been here forever, really appreciate your kind comment

    – mrcoradour

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 1 year ago

    Extraordinary! Hard to tell where the rock ends and the castle begins!!

  • – mrcoradour

  • Thank you Christina, beats me how they managed to build it way up there in the first place

    – mrcoradour

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    What an awesome place, Malcolm

  • So pleased you like it Shullie thank you very much

    – mrcoradour

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