Donjon Lacataye


The Donjon Lacataye is the symbol of the town of Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes. The Donjon Lacataye welcomes many visitors each year since it hosts the museum Wlérick Despiau. The building of a beautiful architecture offers to visitors, thanks to its height, a magnificent view of Mont-de-Marsan and its surroundings. Built in the thirteenth century, the Donjon Lacataye belongs to a fortified part of the city. The set is in fact composed of two Romanesque strongholds constituting an observation post above the river Midou. The tower gives the appearance of a monumental crenellated tower, built entirely of stone shellfish. Classified as historic monument since 1942, the Donjon Lacataye hosted a garrison within its walls before hosting since 1962, the first museum in France dedicated to collections of figurative sculpture dating from the first half of the twentieth century, the Museum Despiau-Wlérick.


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