D'ARTAGNAN
HIS HISTORY - HIS EQUESTRIAN STATUE
HIS MUSEUM - HIS FESTIVAL

HIS HISTORY

D'Artagnan, legendary hero of the most famous novel of the swashbuckling The Three Musketeers, really existed. To create his character, Alexandre Dumas was inspired by the work of a novelist of the time of Louis XIV, Courtils de Sandras, who, in 1700 published the “Memoires de Monsieur d'Artagnan”. In these memoirs the author presents in a very romantic manner the life of an authentic youngster of Gascony, lieutenant-captain of the first company of musketeers of King Louis XIV; Charles de Batz Castelmore d'Artagnan.
Born of a Gascon father....
The father of our hero was allied to the branch of Montesquiou, one of the most important lineages of Gascony. This noble family descends from the ancient counts of Fezensac.
It was in the chateau of d'Artagnan, near Vic en Bigorre that, on 6 February 1608, the marriage took place of these nobles. Jean de Montesquiou d'Artagnan, former officer in the French Guard, gave on this day the hand of his daughter, Francoise de Montesquiou to Sir Bertrand de Batz-Castelmore, lord of La Plagne. Of this union were born seven children, three daughters, Claude, Henrye and Jeanne. Then four sons, Paul, Arnaud, Jean and......Charles de Batz de Castelmore, lord of La Plagne, count d'Artagnan.
Yes it is indeed our young Gascon of whom all the world knows the exploits!
Behold our hero....
the 7th child of the de Batz Castelmore! D'ARTAGNAN In his true name, Charles de Batz Castelmore he first opened his eyes in about 1613 in the chateau of his ancestors in the little village of Lupiac.
Aged only about 17 our young Gascon went to Paris.
After his entry into the musketeers in 1644, Cardinal Mazarin entrusted d'Artagnan, during Le Fronde, with a number of missions requiring total discretion.
Links of reciprocal confidence and estime, already begun during Le Fronde were confirmed between King Louis XIV and d'Artagnan. His open, brave and faithful character pleased the young king who had total confidence in him.
d'Artagnan's place was henceforth with the King Louis XIV.
Charles de Batz Castelmore, d'Artagnan died on 24 June 1673 at Maastricht in Holland.

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HIS EQUESTRIAN STATUE

In the square at Lupiac, one of the oldest “castelnaux” of the Gers, there stands the first equestrian statue of d'Artagnan, inaugurated on 9th August 2015.

Thanks to the talent of the internationally famous sculptress, Daphné du Barry (http://www.daphne-dubarry.com/) and to the generosity of a Gascon patron, this monumental bronze - 3.5 metres high and weighing more than a ton - represents d'Artagnan, on his rearing steed and brandishing his sword. The impression of movement and the attention to detail are such that we expect to hear the neighing of the horse.

This work is the starting point of the future Route Européene dArtagnan which is being created. It will link Lupiac to Maastricht in Holland, places of the birth and death of d'Artagnan. Following different itineraries ridden by d'Artagnan during his military movements or while escorting Louis XIV, there will be more than 4000 kms than can be followed by riders, cyclists or walkers.

HIS MUSEUM

Musée d'Artagnan - intérieur
Musée d'Artagnan - Salle
The d'Artagnan Museum invites you to dive into the 17th century in the company of the Musketeers and d'Artagnan. Beware!
Come to discover the real life of d'Artagnan, he who left his village of Lupiac, around 1613 to become Captain of Musketeers, close friend of Louis XIV and later....A legend! An hour's visit with an audio guide takes you through a audio and visual experience. Numerous documents and reproductions of works evoke the real history of d'Artagnan as well as his historic context.
A little plus for the family: a game-leaflet for the children. Pencil in hand and eyes wide open, leave for the adventure of the Musketeers!

Unaccompagnied visit
• with audio guide (French / English)
• written guide (French / English / German / Dutch)

On the spot: Souvenir shop, free parking, toilets, park.

OPENING HOURS
July and August: every day 10.30 - 19.00 ( Last ticket sold at 18.00)
September: every day except Monday 10.30 - 18.00 (Last ticket sold at 17.00)
mid March - 30 June and 1 October - mid November: every day except Monday 14.00 - 18.00 (Last ticket sold at 17.00)
Closed 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
For the test of the year phone the Mairie for information

TARIF
Individuals: adult 5.50€, 12 - 18 yrs 4.50€, under 12 yrs 3€
Groups: schools 3€ per child, 4.40€ per adult, (paid for together by one person)


Musée d'Artagnan,
Chapelle Notre Dame,
32290 LUPIAC

Tel: +33(0)5 62 09 24 09
E-mail: museedartagnan@wanadoo.fr

HIS ROAD

D'Artagnan is undoubtedly the best known Frenchman in the world. He appears in novels, the best known being that of Alexandre Dumas, and also in numerous films using his image as an example of his dash, courage and charm. This picture is built on the values of cooperation, solidarity, on the greater value of the group as opposed to that of the individual. A renowned horseman, d'Artagnan, born in Lupiac, in the Gers and killed at the siege of Maastricht (Holland), travelled throughout Europe in the service of King Louis XIV.

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HIS FESTIVAL

This is a reconstruction of a Fair at the time of d'Artagnan. The day involves about 500 costumed volunteers, more than thirty musketeers on horseback and on foot, a camp of soldiers of the Thirty Years' War, dozens of craftsmen. You can take part in a Gascon Mass, listen to Baroque songs and music, feed in taverns and inns serving drink and food of the 17th century.
You can learn to fire a musket and use a pike, be present at duels and disturbances, watch dances by the washerwomen and the gypsies, play games from the time of our musketeer and attend a lecture on the time of d'Artagnan.

Come and spend a day in company of all these people in costume who dance, sing, and engage in duels, and enjoy the spectacle and the fun of the fair.
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