Marthon travel guide

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Marthon is a village to the east of the Charente department between Angouleme and Nontron (Dordogne) on the quiet banks of the river Bandiat.

Explore Marthon

There are several small highlights to enjoy as you explore Marthon, as well as small architectural details such as a fountain, a well, an old stone archway, and some attractive houses.

Tour de Breuil

The most important monument here, and the one that dominates the rooftops of Marthon, is the castle keep - the Donjon de Marthon (also called the Tour du Breuil).

Dating from the 12th century, it is now only the lower part of the original sturdy square tower that had three towers and a small section of wall that remains of the original castle but the donjon still dominates Marthon village.


You can reach the castle via the roman style chapel-doorway below the donjon - this is a tall building that combines a chapel on the upper storey and the gateway to the castle below and is built into the defensive walls around the castle.


Chateaux in Marthon

Two other (more recent) castles can be seen at Marthon: the Chateau Neuf and the Chateau du Colombier, with both castles incorporating several different architectural styles. The Chateau Neuf dates from the 16th century, although it was much modified and extended in the 20th century, and the Chateau du Colombier is now a hotel.

Church of Saint-Martin

Another point of interest is the roman style Church of Saint-Martin. Note in particular the belltower with arched openings and the statue in a niche above the entrance. The unusual arches inset in the walls are called 'enfeu' and are tombs of local dignitaries that were originally buried in the church walls.

Attractions nearby

This part of Charente is very quiet and visited for its peaceful countryside and unspoiled villages rather than its important monuments.

You will want to visit the town and castle at La Rochefoucauld to the north of Marthon if you are staying in the region. Of course, Angouleme is only about 25 kilometres west of here and also merits to be explored.

You can find more travel ideas in the Charente guide and the Poitou-Charentes guide.

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Address: Marthon, Montbron, Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, 16380, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.6128, longitude 0.4453

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Grotte de Montgaudier: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: village d'etape (15 km)
  • Nontron: recommended detour (19 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Puymoyen): religious monument (20 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme): religious monument (23 km)
  • Angouleme: town of art and history (24 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens): religious monument (26 km)
  • Logis de Forge: remarkable garden (26 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel): religious monument (26 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne): religious monument (27 km)
  • Perigord-Limousin: regional natural parc (28 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Voulgezac): religious monument (28 km)

The French version of this page is at Marthon (Francais)