A Knights Templar Property With A Legend For Sale - South West France
Seymour-James the marketing property specialist for South West France is delighted to promote the sale of an historic chateau in the Dordogne - not far from Bordeaux.
Beautiful Chateau de Maravau sits on an old Gallo-Roman site of 3 acres and it is from here that the Knights Templar constructed a ‘Lookout Tower’ in the late 12th Century. This tower was used for early warning of impending attacks and still stands magnificently today as part of the chateau.
Within the grounds of the chateau, stands another house, ‘la Maison du Chevalier’ which is also linked to the Knights Templar. The Knights lived here and they would have received pilgrims on their way to the Holy Lands.
Of note, la Maison Du Chevalier has a vaulted cellar and is typical of Templar construction. At one time an underground passageway also connected the local churchyard to this cellar. The cellar was almost certainly used later during the ‘Hundred Years War’ in the 14/15th Century between the English and French and throughout the Wars of Religion during the 16th Century by those fleeing imprisonment or worse.
A legend has been passed down concerning the tunnel as it is supposed to have branched off at one time near the churchyard. The story goes that a treasure is buried somewhere along it. It is impossible to say whether such a treasure indeed exists or ever existed but the chateau’s owner believes it is worthy of further investigation.
Since these early times, the chateau has grown sympathetically into a splendid abode, all in excellent order, and with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside as one can see by visiting www.seymour-james.com
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