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Château de La Brède-Montesquieu
Avenue du Château, 33650 La Brède Driving directions
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Jul-Aug: 10am-6pm; rest of year: telephone for timetable - closed Tue, 1 Jan, 25-26 Dec

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This austere Gothic catle (12C) was Montesquieu's birthplace. Beyond the moat is the hall, where his travel trunks may still be seen. The salon has a fine 16C cabinet and family portraits. Montesquieu's bedroom remains as it was in his time. The library holds some 5 000 volumes. The English-style park was inspired by a trip Montesquieu made across the Channel.

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