C H Â T E A U  d e  C i b i o u x
History from the 8th Century to the present day

 

This site occupied since the 8th Century is offered by the

 

Count Roger de Limoges to the monastery of Charroux that

 

he has just founded. After the defeat of the armies of the

 

kingdom of France, Poitou became English possession. The

 

English archives confirm that in 1361, the King of England

 

Edward III offers the Seigneury of Cibioux to a French knight

 

who fought alongside the Black Prince

In 1459, King Louis XI's doctor will be the proud

 

owner. In the seventeenth century, wars of

 

religion devastated part of the castle.

It was acquired in 1651 by Jean du Reclus, then Maître d'Hotel

 

of King Louis XIV. He restored the castle, and developed it in

 

the style of the seventeenth century, more pleasant to live,

 

abandoning the medieval and defensive aspect of the

 

building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1789, the French Revolution did not spare this

 

building. The Cropte of Sainte-Abre (large

 

family related to Salignac La Mothe Fénelon,

 

which like the Du Relus were from Périgord)

 

then lord of Cibioux, emigrated.

 

 

 

 

 

The castle was then invaded, partly damaged and then sold

 

as national property. In 1945, it ceased to be inhabited and

 

slowly deteriorated, in 1979 the roof of the main building

 

collapsed. The castle was sold at the end of 1979. Since then,

 

its restoration has been undertaken by the new owner.

 

DESCIPTIF

 

Defense towers, machicolation, pregnant, bring

 

us the testimony of the feudal era. XVth century

 

building decorated with a lovely loggia lined

 

with small balusters under which is the chapel,

 

ogival door framed by two windows entablature,

 

Renaissance sculptures. The beautiful terrace

 

lined with large balusters is eighteenth

 

century and gives this set a lot of charm.