Land of builders
Marche et Combraille en Aquitaine is a truly historic place with fascinating heritage. Here, as everywhere in Creuse, you will have to cross the roads and sometimes walk the alleys or lanes to discover our hidden ancient monuments.
The Château de Villemonteix in Saint-Pardoux-les-Cards is one of the best examples of medieval architecture of Marche et Combraille en Aquitaine territory. Remarkably preserved, the exterior of this monument is worth the trip: high round towers, bartizans, and solid walls with machicolations… it is an archetype of the dungeons of XVth century. But once you get inside, the somber building will unveil its dazzling beauty and elegance: Aubusson tapestry collections, Sèvres and Limoges porcelain, XVth century wall paintings, piecework and timberwork from the XVIIIth century and even an original piece of a rare piano with double keyboard, a Double
Pleyel de Béatrice de Camondo (1909). The Château borders, among others historical attractions, very well preserved The Feudal Mottes of Saint-Dizier-la-Tour.
Another vestige of a fortified castle is The Crocq Towers. Two impressive mediaeval towers offer those who have the courage to climb their stairs a superb panorama over the chain of Auvergne volcanoes and a part of the National Park of Millevaches.
Our heritage is also our country villages which bear witness to the mining past of Lavaveix les Mines, show the know-how of the stonemasons of Creuse in Lioux-les-Monges, Sermur or Saint-Georges Nigremont, or even preserve the Gallo-Roman past in Auzances.