Built under the escarpment, this cliff-house grows out of the rock into which it is cut and disguises the vast rock shelters that have weathered the great changes in our civilization over more than 20,000 years.
Infinitely larger than you would suspect from the outside, the facade hides impressive underground rooms and lofts, a great hall, a weapons room, kitchen, bedrooms, chapel, dungeons and a storeroom.
In addition to its natural protection, this fortification has many defensive features including a bartizan, murder hole, cannon, and loopholes.
Of exceptional historical interest and jealously closed to the public, La Maison Forte de Reignac was opened for tours in April 2006.
This jewel of our heritage exhibits authentic prehistoric artefacts discovered at the site.
Conserved in an exceptional state and fully furnished in the style of the times, it is the only totally intact “Cliff Château” monument in France.
International exhibition on the theme of “Torture and the Death Penalty from the Middle Ages to the Present”.
This internationally famous exhibition is supported by humanitarian institutions.
After being presented in Mexico, San Francisco, Tokyo, Madrid, Florence... it found a new space at La Maison Forte de Reignac. This collection of over 60 authentic instruments of torture and execution, as well as engravings and paintings of their day, offers a visual summary of the terrible history of the horrors of human cruelty. Horrific as those instruments of the past are, others more diabolical and sophisticated are being created and used today.
The purpose of the exhibition is to raise public awareness of the practice of torture in the world today.
The exhibition is optional at no extra cost.