Tours de Merle
Visit Tours de Merle
- Date of construction: 12th-14th centuries
- Location: Correze, Limousin
Deep in the heart of the southern Correze countryside, the Tours de Merle are the remains of various medieval chateaux and associated buildings beautifully situated in a deep wooded valley.
Although now largely ruined, there is plenty to explore and enjoy and a visit is highly recommended - there are various highlights to enjoy, and the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in a lovely setting.
Active in the 12th-14th centuries, the original castle at Tours de Merle defended a key transport route in the valley and was a crucial river crossing point. The ensemble includes the remains of the original castles - above all the towers - and also the original village (also now in ruins) can be seen below the castle walls.
By the 16th century the need for the castles had passed, an alternative river crossing had been built, and the inaccessible location meant that the site became abandoned.
Highlights of a visit include the Towers of Pestelles, several other castle buildings, and a chapel. You can explore freely, with ample opportunity to squeeze your way up ever narowing staircases and enjoy precipitous views from the top.
Be sure to also head down to the river to see the remains of the old stone bridge, the river itself, and to sit awhile in tranquil surroundings, perhaps with a picnic.