Mont de Marsan: A City in the Throes of Religious Conflict.

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    RDV au Parking Gratuit des Terrasses du Midou, Mont de Marsan
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1,75 hour
Wheelchair Access: yes on request
Mont de Marsan
In french
Min age: 6 years and more
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Visit Details


  • Explore the city of Mont-de-Marsan guided by Baron de Monluc, immersing yourself in the Renaissance era.
  • Understand the crucial role of the Mont-de-Marsan citadel during the dark period of the Wars of Religion in the years 1560 to 1570, at the gates of the Kingdom of France.
  • Discover the customs, fashion, and intrigues at the French court of that historical period.
  • Be guided by a passionate tour guide who embodies the character of the Baron in historical outfit for an engaging visit.


Come and discover the Mont de Marsan citadel and the reasons for its construction during this immersive visit, delving into the customs of life in Marsan during the Renaissance, a period marked by profound changes.
Transport yourself to a time when new religious thoughts emerged, leaving an indelible mark on Mont de Marsan. Explore the crucial role played by the city and follow the tumultuous fate of its inhabitants during religious turmoil.
Uncover the motivations of the Queen of Navarre, Marguerite de Valois, who chose Mont de Marsan as an inspiration for part of her lesser-known literary work. Follow Baron de Monluc, Lieutenant-General of Guyenne, in his struggle against the Princes' army, led by the formidable Gabriel de Lorges, Count of Montgommery.
Dive into the intrigues of the French court, explore the intricacies of Protestantism in Gascony and Guyenne, and discover the campaigns in Italy, the Renaissance, the evolutions of wars, and the divergent strategies that marked this tumultuous era.
All punctuated with unheard anecdotes about the rulers of this dark and unknown period.

Get to know your character:

A small impoverished noble, Blaise de Montesquiou de Lasseran de Massencome, Baron de Monluc, was born around 1500 in Saint-Puy near Condom. He began his military career as a page and ended up as a Marshal of France! This barely educated war man would end up in legend for writing his memoirs, "The Commentaries," known worldwide!
This Gascon captain, a loyal servant of the French monarchy, distinguished himself during various campaigns in the Wars of Italy and also during the Wars of Religion, where he experienced numerous and frequent injuries.
After serving successively under Kings Francis I, his son Henry II, and the sons of the latter, Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III, he was raised to the dignity of Marshal of France towards the end of his life. 
After a shot to the face, definitively retired from his military life, now dividing his existence between his townhouse in Agen and the Estillac castle, Monluc completed the writing of his "Commentaries" and died on August 26, 1577.

Starting Point:

Free Parking at Terrasses du Midou, Mont de Marsan

Points of Interest:

The medieval city is situated between the Midou and the Douze rivers.
We will start from the terraces of Midou at the foot of the citadel ramparts, visiting the lockkeeper's house and the Lacataye Castle built in shellstone.
We will enter the feudal historic district of the city: with the Old Town street, the Lord's street, the convent, Maubec street with its Romanesque houses, the bather's dock with remnants of ramparts.
We will leave the center through the Campet gate and its watchtower, through the tannery street with its washhouse and hidden fountain at the foot of La Douze.
Once on the other side of the river, we will take the watering place dock and the Gourotte postern, the covered street, ending near the remains of the Bourg Bridge where the stroll concludes.


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Additional Information:

  • Storytelling tour in Mont-de-MarsanInteractive storytelling tour in the streets of Mont-de-Marsan, allowing for interactions based on discoveries and group preferences.
  • Minimum of 6 adults required.Tours are confirmed once a minimum of 6 participants is reached. If the minimum is not met, the tour will be rescheduled to a date of your choice or refunded if the traveler cannot reschedule.
  • Cancellation Policy:Cancellation free of charge up to 48 hours before the tour time.
    Entre 48h et 24h avant la visite : 50% de pénalités
    Less than 24 hours before the tour: no refund.
    Tours continue in rainy weather.

Individual Rates

15 €
Reduced: Students (card)
10 €
Youth (13 to 17 years)
7 €
Children (6 to 12 years old)
5 €
Children (under 6 years)

Private Tour

  • Date and time of your choice
  • Language available: French
  • Price: €160/group up to 10 people. Quote available for groups >10.

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Joel B

Couple Traveller

Une visite très intéressante de Mont de Marsan en compagnie du Maréchal Blaise de Monluc « Mon épée au Roi, mon âme à Dieu, mon honneur pour moi. »

1 April 2024