The table mountain of Turenne has been attractive for its natural defensive position, fortifications date back to the 8th century when it became the centre of the Carolingian land of 'Tornés'. Over time giving birth to the 'vicomté', a small feudal state that enjoyed privileges of both the kings of England and France, paying taxes to neither side, harbouring no armies, and gathering yearly to vote on the 'subsidies' to their 'vicomte'.
After the reformation Turenne became a protestant stronghold becoming a safe-haven for protestant artisans, continuing to enjoy a privileged position well into the 17th century, when it became the property of Louis XIV and a catholic church was reconstructed.
After the revolution the castle and defence works were largely dismantled, leaving the round tower of Caesar and square donjon ornamenting the plateau, whiles scattering stones and ornaments are across the village. Walking around you will spot windows, doors, cornerstones and statues ornamenting unexpected places.