The outer courtyards
The first outer
The first outer courtyard provided access to the residences of the Lords.
Today, you can still see in the stone the remains of an L-shaped building 20 metres long, with the Château’s chapel forming the short side to the right. The building had two storeys above the ground floor, which opened onto the courtyard through arches. The upper floor was topped by a terrace giving access to the summit of the rocky outcrop. Inside, the ceilings were vaulted and the walls covered in tapestries. As well as being decorative, their primary purpose was to keep out the cold.
Further to the left is a large, round hall carved into the rock. Between this building and the bakehouse to the left, runs the Château street and a channel dug in the ground to conduct rainwater to the cistern.
The activities that went on here were certainly less rural than in the second courtyard. Here, you would see more armour and fine gowns. But there were also servants carrying the bread to be baked at the bakehouse or going to draw water from the cistern that was dug in front of the entrance to the chapel. The guards would also have lived in this part of the Château.
The second outer
The Château’s second outer courtyard contains the remains of a house, probably from the 16th century. The floor of the first room is paved, indicating that this was quite a well-off household. On the left, you can see remnants of a chimney. At the back on the right, two vats have been dug in the rock. The walls of the one on the right are covered in a reddish coating made from lime, sand and terracotta, designed to make it watertight. The hole at the bottom left would have been sealed with a stopper. It is possible that water or wine was stored here.