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      Périgord counts the greatest number of castles in France, they would be more than 1000. Their construction started  at the XI century, in "strategic" places (rocky outcrops dominating the valleys) where it was possible to control the passage. Until the end of the Middle Ages, Périgord was cut into two parts, politically (during the one hundred year old war, the Dordogne river separated the kingdom of France from the kingdom of England) and religiously (during the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants). This explains the impressive number of strong castles, villages and churches strengthened. Along the history and due to successive destructions and rehandlings, their aspect  evolved much, passing from the austerity of the Middle Ages with a purely defensive role, with comfort and the light brought to the Rebirth.
     Here are some major castles to visit:
Beynac feodal castle Beynac Tél : 05.53.29.50.40 Web

Castelnaud castle Castelnaud Tél : 05.53.31.30.00 Web
Commarque castle Les Eyzies Tél : 05.53.59.00.25 Web
Reignac strong house Tursac Tél : 05.53.50.69.54 Web
Losse castle Thonac Tél :05.53.50.80.08  Web
Puymartin castle Marquay Tél : 05.53.59.29.97 Web
Fénélon castle Sainte Mondane Tél : 05.53.29.81.45 Web  
Hautefort castle Hautefort Tél : 05.53.50.51.23 Web

l'Herm castle Rouffignac Tél : 05.53.05.46.61 Web
Chabans castle Saint-Léon/Vézère Tél : 05.53.51.70.60 Web
Les Milandes castle Castelnaud Tél : 05.53.59.31.21 Web
Biron castle Montpazier Tél : 05.53.05.65.65 Web
Bourdeilles castle Brantôme Tél : 05.53.05.65.65 Web
Puyguilhem castle Villars Tél : 05.53.05.65.65 Web