Village of ' GALLERY FRANCE '

located in one of the most beautiful villages in France !

Beynac et Cazenac


The Château de Beynac                      
is a castle situated in thecommune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordognedépartement of France. The castle is one of the best-preserved and best known in the region.
This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of theDordogne River.


The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley.
The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.

The oldest part of the castle is a large, square-shaped, Romanesque keepwith vertical sides and few openings, held together with attached watch towers and equipped with a narrow spiral staircase terminating on a crenellated terrace. To one side, a residence of the same period is attached; it was remodelled and enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries. On the other side is a partly 14th century residence side-by-side with a courtyard and a square plan staircase serving the 17th century apartments. The apartments have kept their woodwork and a painted ceiling from the 17th century. The Salle des États (States' Hall) has a Renaissance sculptured fireplace and leads into a small oratory entirely covered with 15th century frescoes, included a Pietà, a Saint Christopher, and a Last Supper in which Saint Martial (first bishop of Limoges) is the maître d'hôtel.

At the time of the Hundred Years' War, the fortress at Beynac was in French hands. The Dordogne was the border between France and England. Not far away, on the opposite bank of the river, the Château de Castelnaudwas held by the English. The Dordogne region was the theatre of numerous struggles for influence, rivalries and occasionally battles between the English and French supporters. However, the castles fell more often through ruse and intrigue rather than by direct assault, because the armies needed to take these castles were extremely costly: only the richest nobles and kings could procure them.

The castle was bought in 1962 by Lucien Grosso who has restored it.

Visitors to the castle can see sumptuous tapestries showing hunting and other scenes from the lives of the lords of the period. The Château de Beynac has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1944.
Beynac castle has served as a location for several films, including Les Visiteurs by Jean-Marie Poiré, in 1993, La Fille de d'Artagnan by Bertrand Tavernier, in 1994, Ever After by Andy Tennant, in 1998, and Jeanne d'Arc by Luc Besson, in 1999. The village of Beynac below the chateau, also served as a location for the film Chocolat byLasse Hallström, in 2000.

Yes, it's me...........Chris van Dijk.

Hope to see you sometime !


  1. Hello everyone,

    Thank you so much for your visit and appreciation !

    Chris van Dijk.

    1. Hello Chris,

      Nice to come across a French Gallery with really beautiful paintings. The sad thing is, that right now my computer is very slow and I shall have to curb my impatience.
      I was born in the Netherlands and I also love France, whereas I now live on top of Mount Tamborine in Queensland Australia pondering how on earth I would be able to find someone to back me financially to set up a bigger Gallery than what we have here at the moment. We do have what we call Gallery Wallk with individual but commercial Galleries rather than one big set up for the many individual Artists here. This Mountain is a bit like Mont Martre with the difference, that the Artists do not have their paintings outside but in their individual private Galleries scattered on and over the Mountain. The Mountain has a certain atmosphere, which has to do with the spiritual influence of ancient and current Aborigines here. They say, that if their spirits do not like you, they make certain, that you will leave the Mountain. Their Art is actually very fascinating as I have been able to use some of their original works in my Art classes at the many various High Schools I taught in. These paintings look simple, but somehow one never gets even close to copy them properly with the same effects.
      It is very early here on Saturday morning like 6.20AM. You can find me on facebook under Wilhelmina Kramer and I just wanted to convey to you my appreciation for your webpage.

      Kind Regards

      Wilhelmina.(Wil, Willy or whatsoever).

      NB my Dutch is getting worse by the day.

  2. Posto bellissimo e affascinante. Meraviglioso posto per una Galleria d'arte.
    Complimenti Chris!
    Cordiali saluti
    Anila !

    1. Hello Anila,

      Thank you for the compliment ! So nice of you to say.

      Wishing you the best,
      Chris van Dijk.

    2. Vraiment,le plus approprie endroit pour une gallerie d'art. J'irai visiter sans faute en mon prochain sejour en France!

    3. Hello Ilana,

      Thank you and let me know when like to come !!

      Chris van Dijk

  3. This is PERFECT!!! Never saw something as this. Is it possible to find place to sleep here and spend few days? Cheers Chris !

  4. Hello Luka,

    When you like to visit our GALLERY FRANCE, check out this website for your stay !

    "La Maison Blue"
    'like' their Face Book page

    Kindest regards,
    Chris van Dijk

  5. We proudly announces our summer season exhibition of masterworks, which will run during from March 25 to October 30, 2014, at the GALLERY FRANCE, Chemin du Chateau,
    — in Beynac-et-Cazenac.


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