The château of Michel de Montaigne, squire of Montaigne (1533-1592) sits on the borders of the Bordeaux and the Périgord areas.
Dating originally to the 14th century, this château has been rebuilt several times, particularly after the huge fire in 1885. It's now a private property. The château tower, saved from the flames, was Montaigne's refuge and can be visited.
On the ground floor, there is a pretty chapel dedicated to Saint Michael. The first floor houses the bedroom of Michel de Montaigne, where he died in 1592 but most importantly you must visit the top floor, the Library, where he wrote much of his famous 'essays'. Some of the engravings he made on the beams of the Library still remain.
- Saint Michel de Montaigne