In 2005, AFA ambitiously opened a new location, with permanent and rotating galleries, at the Château de Belcastel in southern France. The Château is a tourist attraction, historical landmark, commercial filming location, and exclusive retreat. More information about the Château can be found at www.ChateauBelcastel.com.
OVERVIEW | Built 1000 years ago on a gigantic rock, Château de Belcastel is a magnificent fortress rising above one of the most beautiful villages in the Aveyron region of France. The Château began with a 9th century chapel, and grew over the centuries as generations of knights, nobles and rogues built their legacies within the stronghold. Sadly, the Château‘s story came to an abrupt halt in the late 16th century, when the fortress was abandoned and left to ruin.
In 1973, renowned architect Fernand Pouillon discovered what was left of the Château and decided to restore it to its former glory. He devoted eight full years of his life to rebuilding the castle, which later became his home.
Although the Château remains a private residence, its owners welcome the public to tour the fortress, which is both an historical landmark and a sprawling art gallery including a permanent collection of authentic medieval armor and revolving galleries highlighting the works of the artists exhibited at AFA in SoHo, NY. Visitors can also tour the grounds, which include the castle’s original moat, and panoramic views of the region, explore the breathtaking restoration work up-close and discover first hand the history and architectural genius that make visiting the Château de Belcastel a truly remarkable experience. The Château de Belcastel offers something of interest to everyone– historians, tourists, children, architects, art-lovers, honeymooners, event coordinators, and film industry professionals. We hope to see all of you soon.