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Château du Busca

Visites culturelles

Tours tariffs and Opening days :

Guided tour on request (reservation is mandatory), every day, in French language.
From 1st of April to 1st of November except on sundays and free days from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Tarifs :

Individual : 6 Euros. Children : free until 10 years old ; children older than 10 years : 2 Euros.
Group from 10 persons : 4 Euors.

Description :

This property is a typical example of classical architecture in Gascony and is therefore classified as a historical monument. History has spared this site and we are privileged today to see the château as it was originally built.
The main building has three floors, is 80 m long and runs north-south between the courtyard and garden.

East and west wings run perpendicular to both ends of the main building, while an arched, stone gateway opens onto the main courtyard.

As is often the case in this type of building, part of the frontage is in fact a trompe-l’œil. What appears to be two floors on the left-hand side of the building is actually a single, lofty, open space, the Great Hall. An architect's dream, this outstanding light trap houses a monumental staircase, with wood and stone columns and pilasters reminiscent of the Ionic style popular in 17th-century architecture.
The wrought iron banister, in all its elegance and moderation, features in architecture books published at the turn of the 18th century.

Another key feature of the architecure is the so-called Italian Room, a thousand cubic metres in volume, two floors high and with a square vault ceiling.

The Chapel in the south wing probably dates back to the 15th century, pre-dating the château, having no doubt been part of the fortified medieval town of Busca.

The past is present in every corner of the château, as in the ancient masters' kitchen, with its enormous fireplace, where there was plenty of room to prepare a medieval feast.

Only a few vestiges remain, such as "la Ruelle", a narrow street that is now a corridor paved with rough stones, typical of the Middles Age.