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the history of the tower

The medieval Palace of Termes

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The medieval Palace of Termes

The castle of Termes d'Armagnac, Gascony typical of the architecture of the thirteenth century monument was probably built by Roger Terms of Armagnac in 1256. The region was beset by conflict and Armagnac Bigorre and the Count d'Armagnac was to assert his power at the end of his land.

This building, like many close examples, is composed of an imposing main building, of four levels of 250m² each, on which is flanked an imposing square keep, called tower-rooms, 36 meters high and certainly at its origin. , covered with a protective slab. The rooms of its keep essentially constitute the rooms and the places of life of the lords.

Today no longer exists, imposing moats with three moats surrounded and protected the entire site (castle and church); they were probably much more extensive in their medieval heyday.

The Château de Termes d'Armagnac saw the growth of the illustrious Thibaud de Termes, standard bearer of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War, who was to be appointed Grand Bailiff of Chartres towards the end of her career. As a younger brother, he lived very little in the castle and we suppose that at the approach of his twelve years, he left the patriarchal home to become a knight where he would enlist very young in the army of Charles VII against the English invasion.

The history of this monument does not end with the medieval period. This castle has undergone many transformations between the 13th and the 21st century over the course of its history. During the French Revolution, declared national property after the disappearance of the last counts of La Barthe, it will be sold at auction to Maitre Lajoye, notary of Nogaro, who will begin by dismantling it to resell the building piece by piece to reimburse its costs.

He will not finish his demolition work and will sell the castle to a former magistrate, Olivier de Maignon de Roques, whose descendants will end up demolishing the medieval parts until the castle is abandoned.

The site was classified as a historic monument in 1961, the first of the many steps in the preservation of the heritage of Termes d'Armagnac. The castle is now experiencing a whole new stage in its long history.

The castle of Termes d'Armagnac, Gascony typical of the architecture of the thirteenth century monument was probably built by Roger Terms of Armagnac in 1256. The region was beset by conflict and Armagnac Bigorre and the Count d'Armagnac was to assert his power at the end of his land.

This building, like many close examples, is composed of an imposing main building, of four levels of 250m² each, on which is flanked an imposing square keep, called tower-rooms, 36 meters high and certainly at its origin. , covered with a protective slab. The rooms of its keep essentially constitute the rooms and the places of life of the lords.

Today no longer exists, imposing moats with three moats surrounded and protected the entire site (castle and church); they were probably much more extensive in their medieval heyday.

The Château de Termes d'Armagnac saw the growth of the illustrious Thibaud de Termes, standard bearer of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War, who was to be appointed Grand Bailiff of Chartres towards the end of her career. As a younger brother, he lived very little in the castle and we suppose that at the approach of his twelve years, he left the patriarchal home to become a knight where he would enlist very young in the army of Charles VII against the English invasion.

The history of this monument does not end with the medieval period. This castle has undergone many transformations between the 13th and the 21st century over the course of its history. During the French Revolution, declared national property after the disappearance of the last counts of La Barthe, it will be sold at auction to Maitre Lajoye, notary of Nogaro, who will begin by dismantling it to resell the building piece by piece to reimburse its costs.

He will not finish his demolition work and will sell the castle to a former magistrate, Olivier de Maignon de Roques, whose descendants will end up demolishing the medieval parts until the castle is abandoned.

The site was classified as a historic monument in 1961, the first of the many steps in the preservation of the heritage of Termes d'Armagnac. The castle is now experiencing a whole new stage in its long history.

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