The 18th century grand kitchens of Montastruc

The 18th century grand kitchens of Montastruc are being restored and made accessible. A large staircase leads towards superb vaulted rooms with original pavement. One will find from room to room the large furnace of the castle’s bakery, the cooking chimneys with a spit-roaster, and the large mechanical water pump that pushed water up to the upper floors…

“Les Champs de Bleuets” (The cornflowers fields)

“Les Champs de Bleuets” (The cornflowers fields) Within the framework of the commemorations of the 100e anniversary of the First World War, which will take place throughout the years 2014 to 2018, many events will be organized in homage to all the belligerent, actors or victims of this war, in order to transmit the memory of this dramatic event. The chateau de Montastruc plans to host in August 2016 and may be each year thereafter until 2018 the company “Poussieres d’etoiles” (Star Dust) which will present an important musical, historical and original show: a romantic story in the storm of the Great War… “Les Champs de Bleuets”

Venus or Grand Goddess of Montastruc (Lamonzie-Montastruc, Dordogne)

A Venus carved into the rock wall and dated by some from the 5th century, at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire and the great barbarian invasions, is present in one of the caves of the old troglodytic site of the castle of Montastruc. It was venerated until about 1970 at the occasion of the annual celebrations of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The parishioners of Lamonzie-Montastruc then came in procession to present in the cave the Virgin of Lamonzie. Below, an extract of the Society of the archaeologist’s gersois gives an interesting perspective over the origins of the Venus known as Grand Goddess of Montastruc…          ...
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The Venus de Milo at Montastruc

Anonymous (end of the 2nd century BC, during the Hellenistic period). Discovered April 8, 1820 in the island of Melos (Milo). Paris, Louvre Museum Material of the original: Paros marble / reproduction material: resin moulded on the original and patina «After difficult and tumultuous negotiations, the statue was purchased by the Count of Marcellus and brought to France, offered March 1, 1821 to Louis XVIII who donated it to the Louvre» The Venus de Milo occupies a prominent place in the history of Greek sculpture. Dated circa 100 BC, this original sculpture is a characteristic style of the end of the Hellenistic era that revives classic themes while innovating. The Venus de Milo...
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