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A castle with a troubled history
Perched 1,850 ft (564 m) high above the Tarn in the Aveyron department, the ruins of the Château de Peyrelade merge with the rocky outcrop against which it leans. Its strategic position in relation to the Gorges du Tarn earned it many setbacks. Four lords (Séverac, Anduze, Cresseils, and Roquefeuille) fought over the castle for years before it fell into English hands during the Hundred Years' War. It was burned in 1485 by Bernard d'Armagnac then invaded by free companies that plundered the region. Following the French Wars of Religion, Cardinal Richelieu ordered the castle's destruction in 1633.
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