Busséol castle has been built in 1170 on the relic, still apparent, of a 2nd century gallo-roman castrum, on a volcanix dyke dominating the Limagne at 700 meters. It is an infrequent example of the roman architecture, it conserved the/ military side that enabled theresistance against the seat of Philippe Auguste in 1215, the assaults of the Prince Noir soldiers during the One Hundred Years War and also the offensive of the Duke de La Rochefoucauld, Chief of the Leaguers in 1595.
This castle has been the propriety of famous people: Auvergne Earls, Pope Alexander II, Jean Stuart Scotland Prince, Blanche of Clermont, little daughter of Saint-Louis… it has been royal propriety by Catherine de Médicis, France Queen, Auvergne Earl that stayed here with her son Charles IX in 1566during their holidays in Auvergne. It is considered as the most historic of the region. It has not been destroyed by Richelieu and wad habited up to the Revolution.
We can admire the living room, a 13th century beautiful round fireplace, the antique furniture, weapons and armors. From the walkway we discover an unusual hanging garden and a beautiful panorama from the Monts du Forez to the Massif du Sancy.
From 15 june to 15 september: every day 10am-12am and 2.30pm-6.30pm
Off season: week-ends and holidays: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Opened the whole year for groups on booking.
Children groups (under 12 years): 3.05€
Children groups (12-16 years): 3.8€
Renseignements sur le château :
Château de Busséol
63270 Vic le Comte
Tél/Fax: 04 73 69 00 84