HISTORY OF CHÂTEAU DE DOUZENS

A French castle fit for an Indiana Jones tale, from Templar gold to Nazi insignia.

Built in 1127, Château de Douzens was home to the all-powerful Knights Templar during the Middle Ages. Although never officially identified, local legend has it that Château de Douzens is one of these former Templar Houses and therefore potentially the site of buried Templar treasure – so much so that Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sent a search team to the area, headed by Otto Rahn, the archaeologist who was the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones.

Some of the original aspects remain to this day – the original archway exposed dating back to the 12th century in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

After the Knights Templar were officially disbanded by Pope Clement V in 1312 – most former Templars joined the Knights Hospitallers, who resided at Chateau de Douzens until the mid-1700s.

The property then lay abandoned for a time until it was purchased by the illustrious Montlaur family in 1860.

The 19th-century section of the castle was added during this time. The south wall of the original Château was demolished and the building extended to include its square towers.

The family also updated the interiors according to the fashion of the time, including a fabulous stone staircase and mosaic flooring in the entrance hall, which bears the initials of owners J Montlaur.

There are other aspects that hark back to the Château’s former glory days too, such as the glass-panelled door that leads into the former servants’ and children’s quarters on the top floor.

There’s also the fireplace in the dining room, made from the same marble quarried in the Alps from which Napoleon’s tomb was made, and the wooden fireplace in the back sitting room, which was carved from the enormous wooden wine caskets that used to hold the Château’s output during its wine producing days.

A couple of rooms along the corridor have thresholds marked with a swastika and a German Eagle, the insignia of the Third Reich. The Germans were garrisoned there during the war, and Montlaur would have been allowed to stash his valuables there and then the rooms would have been sealed up and stamped, indicating to any other German officers who happened to pass through that the rooms had been checked and should be left alone.

Château De Douzens is steeped in 900 years of history. Many of the features are still there today, making it not only a tranquil place to stay, but also an eventful one.

A LITTLE HISTORY

Built in 1127, Château de Douzens was home to the all-powerful Knights Templar during the Middle Ages. Although never officially identified, local legend has it that Château de Douzens is one of these former Templar Houses and therefore potentially the site of buried Templar treasure – so much so that Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sent a search team to the area, headed by Otto Rahn, the archaeologist who was the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones. Some of the original aspects remain to this day.

LOCATION

Château De Douzens
3 Place de l’Église
11700 Douzens
France

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