Les Cars
Les Cars

This multimedia route will show you what the castle was like back in the late 16th century. Visit its remarkable Renaissance stables and admire the decorations painted on their walls.

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Castles

Thanks to the video and its computer generated images, discover the castle the way it was back in the late 16th century : a luxurious fortified residence. The outdoor space around the castle is also explained here.

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Look at the pavilion behind you. What is the name of this overhanging sculpted architectural element ?

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Castles, Memory and destinies of men

Learn all about the Pérusse family thanks to this audio sequence and photos. The Pérusses were the castle lords. Their power grew progressively throughout Limousin and beyond.

For further information about the Pérusse family from les Cars, check the information boards and visit the exhibition at Les Cars town hall (free entrance).

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Defensive constructions

This video and its computer generated images will help you to imagine what the main tower looked like back during the castle’s golden age.

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Defensive constructions

This tower is the castle’s best preserved element. This sequence explains its defensive purpose and describes how the interior was organized.

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Defensive constructions

This audioguide takes you to visit the outdoor space around the castle, from its artillery boulevard where you are standing, to its lower courtyard and to the gardens behind you.

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Defensive constructions

This video explains the evolution of the defense system located at the castle entrance : see how a simple wooden doorway became a true fortified castle entrance from the 14th to the 16th century.

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Castles, Sculpture

Besides its defensive purpose, Les Cars castle was also a luxurious residence, decorated in an early Renaissance style, as you can see here in the inner courtyard. This audioguide and slide show reveal the castle’s treasures.

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Castles, Sculpture

In this interview, archaeologist Patrice Conte explains how archaeological excavations deepened our knowledge of the castle.

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This pavilion has a particularity : the corbelled construction at the bottom of his walls. Why ?

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Objects of religious art

Les Cars church holds a precious 13th century reliquary cross, which used to be found in the castle, where it remained for several decades. This audioguide will tell you all about the cross.

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Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

Les Cars castle stables are particularly well-preserved, with beautiful Renaissance style skylights. This video presents the stables and explains their organization.

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Painting, tapestry and fire arts

In the stables, some of the equestrian wall paintings have been preserved. Discover them thanks to this video which reveals discreet details about these paintings.

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