Montpelier, Orange County, Virginia, National Historic Landmark. Entry in the 2013 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest by tedinjapan who wrote: "Montpelier definitely feels like the underdog when compared with the much more crowded Monticello half an hour away. I kept thinking, 'Here I am at the home of Jefferson's little buddy,' but then I remember that James Madison wrote the Constitution, so he more than stood on his own, even if he wasn't quite up to the Jeffersonian altitude.
Château de Najac ~ a royal fortress, built in 1253, which has seen "events of...the first English occupation, the Albigensian Crusade, the Hundred Years' War, the imprisonment of the Knights Templar, the peasants' revolts, and the French Revolution. ~ Southern France