The Pompadour castle was offered by Louis XV to Madame de Pompadour. Wonderful shows take place there.

A gift of Louis XV


Copyright Château de Pompadour

The medieval castle, rebuilt in the 15th century and remodeled in the 18th century, was offered in 1745 to the favorite of Louis XV, Madame Le Normand d’Étiolles, in order to grant her the title of Marquise de Pompadour. After various damages, linked to the French Revolution and to a major fire suffered in the 19th century, only the south wing remained. Flanked by imposing round towers, an entrance gatehouse gives access to a large terrace which offers a magnificent view of the racecourse. The visit to the castle is divided into several parts. A premiere that will immerse you in the 18th century, with different stagings. Aubusson tapestries, Limoges porcelain, engravings and lithographs, are all elements that you will have the opportunity to discover.


A part devoted to the equestrian world

The second part is devoted to the equestrian world. Traditional outfits, stud-book, unusual objects will make you discover the world of horses. From the windows of the castle, do not miss the breathtaking view of the Pompadour racecourse. Finally, the stables of the Marquise and the Orangerie house the horses of artists in residence, heavy horses, several Anglo-Arabs and two presidential horses, entrusted to the good care of the agents of the National Stud Farm. At the back of the stable of the Marquise, horse-drawn carriages are exhibited. The visit ends with the carousel of the Orangerie which houses the shows produced by the association.
To extend your stay at the castle, do not hesitate to take advantage of the Evenings of the Marquise. These evenings are an original way to discover the castle and its history. Through an activity of nearly 1h30 tinged with theatrical scenes, folklore, equestrian painting, epic fights discover the history of the castle of pompadour and its traditions. Many surprises await you along the way.

Pompadour Castle
42 school street
19230 Arnac-Pompadour

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