Castelbouc Lozere

Episode 56, The Gods


Castelbouc during summer and winter


The bridge of Castlebouc

This bridge is not in front of the village. It's hidden in the back of this small town.


                            2017                                                            Nasty fall in shallow water. 1988                      


                                                     Scene at the bridge: After a climb through a rainforest, to warm and dense, Tell encounters a little man who plays with acid, he is startled and flees into the forest. He continues and passes

the Castelbouc bridge. There too, a small man comes across who wants to eat a frog. The man's gaze is aggressive, tell tries to put him at ease but that doesn't quite work...                             

                              1988                                                                        2017                                                                                 1988              


The Entrance of Castelbouc

   Entering Castelbouc via the parking place to the village. The ruin next to the parking is changed over the's a private parking for villagers.

                  1989  looking to the west side, the entrance and parking place                            2017 looking to the east side (village side, with some old trees)        




1988                            Beautiful trees, after 30 years still there. It's the small road to the village of Castelbouc                              2017


1988                                   Location: The square of Castlebouc with the cross and stairs                                                       2017


              Scene at the square: The people seem to expect the 'Gods'



Chapelle St. Jean Baptiste in Castelbouc

The entrance of the cave


Castelbouc, I needed to make sure there is no entrance to the rock behind the chapel ;) ... a key whole picture.. the right door is a storage and very small too.     




                      1988                                                                    2017                                                                            2017                             




The square of Castelbouc

                                         This altar must be fake, it isn't here.                                                                                                                                                                     Only this statue is in Castelbouc.                                        


It must be around here somewhere in a corner. The cameramen is very smart in choosing the right angles.

                                                              In Castelbouc. Georgia Lyman and others background players who looking familiar to us.                                      Gregory



The interior of Prades, Cougoussac or elsewhere in Lozere

Looking at the background it looks like a castle next to the Tarn. Steep mountains like the banks of the Tarn. I presume it's Prades. I'm not sure about this interior yet.

But the exterior is for sure in opposite of the Temple! With special thanks to C. Petit finally found this place (Cougoussac).


It's almost the same picture but a different background - Not found yet! Is it the interior of Cougoussac or Chateau Prades or elsewhere?


This is not the place Tell really jumps out of the window. He 'landed' in Cougoussac and there are no steep hillsides.


Or another room in the same castle or another castle in Lozere (compare the bath, windows, fireplace etc.                  Someone recognizes this striking door? An alley?


The mysterious place in Lozere: Chateau Cougoussac!

We just found it recently with thanks to C. Petit's sharp eye. This is the exterior of the place Tell jumped out the window.

The very left corner of this chateau. Also the ancient small eglise (in opposite of the chateau) is filmed.



Two locations!

The left picture:probably Tarn cliffs, perhaps chateau Prades.                  Here Chateau Cougoussac, east of Mende.              

Look at the trees outside and the Tarn ridge, this castle is in the same area and has this view. We've hoped to find the small church here and the garden but that was

filmed in chateau Cougoussac. And Chateau Cougoussac has not  a view on the Tarn, such a view as Crossbow make you believe...


This is Chateau Prades, Lozere 2017




Knock out in the garden of Cougoussac

The garden and the walls of stone behind..

This chateau is on the monument list and very hard to find. A hiker's blog finally gave us the answer.. Thank to C. Petit for finding this location finally!


 Tell: "I've just seen how they bath Gods...(muriatic acid) you won't appreciate that, believe me." Once used to the divine life, he does not want to give up anymore and decides to eliminate Tell.


2018 The right corner                                                                                                     1988


Around 2017, House in the middle                                                              1987 crossbow shot                                                                                      1987               

Suddenly a switch from Castlebouc to chateau Cougoussac (the garden with a small chapelle and some ancient houses).



The ancient small chapel of Cougoussac

The small chapel, next to the castle of Cougoussac, almost looks like a small temple. I first thought this couldn't church or chapel in the whole environment has this characteristics.

But this one is real!  I like the smart eye of the Crossbow cameraman, he can make such an old church so interesting. Just focusing on the best parts of it, so you really like to know more about these beautiful buildings!


This beautiful old chapel, looks like a little temple, it really exists but was well hidden.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1988                                                                  Around 2016


This little church is in opposite of chateau Cougoussac. The window caught the sun, so it seemed bigger than it really is.

Below you see the interior (the right picture is in opposite) where Gregory is reading.



Extra photos of Goucoussac


For the ones who like to see more about this place, here is more than 'Crossbow' shows you.



The 'forbidden' way out

The only small cave on this path in this village (passing St Jean Baptiste then the left side) is not exact the same, it could have been changed over the years. 



The Aven Armand cave

Aven Armand is a limestone cave located in the Cévennes National Park of France, in the Lozère département, between Meyrueis and Saint Enimie It was first scientifically explored by the French

explorers Louis Armand and Édouard-Alfred Martel in 1897. The cave begins as a narrow pit, descending 75 metres (246 ft) before opening up into an enormous vaulted chamber known as the Grand Salle,

or "Great Hall". The Grand Salle is close to 100 metres (330 ft) long and 55 metres (180 ft) wide. The floor is covered with a proliferation of fragile limestone speleothems in a variety of shapes and sizes,

created by the slow dripping of water through the stone over thousands of years. Some have reached heights of close to 30 metres (98 ft). It has been open to the public since 1927, after a man-made tunnel and

walkway paths were created to permit easier viewing of the Grand Salle.

My husband took this great panorama.


Thanks again to C. Petit to compare caves around and found the details.


                                                                                                                             (In Crossbow) The entrance to the cave.    The house to the cave.

    Above Tell enters in Castelbouc at Chapelle St. Jean Baptiste from 1382. This Chapelle is so small and is not entering a cave like the make you believe Tell does.


                                                                1988                                    2017 Not the exact place but almost, the cave is huge!                     1988                                                                                      2017                                                   


Both captures out of Crossbow 1988. It's hard to see. each camera point shows a different overview of all the pillars.

                      The little light is Tell, a shot (zoomed out) from the top of the cave 1988



     1988                                                                                 2017




Change of location. A studio of low part of the cave decorated in Aven Armand style.

The scene above is definitely shot in Armand Aven cave and a second later at another place (perhaps in a studio). This can be recognized at the many water parts, the low ceiling and the different pillars.



There is made a real shot from Armand Aven cave. The scenes you see below and aboves; is not the Armand Aven cave, perhaps studio or small cave turned into a film set.

The Armand Aven cave has paths and bridges, but I think the last scene is recorded in a studio and is inspired Armand Aven (the paths, water and bridges).



Great sculptures! They are also in episodes like the emperor part 2. How funny the bones are attached to each other while everything, around it, is vanished.


There is some water down in the cave, but it's not the same as in the Crossbow scenes. Different pillars and a low ceiling.



Aven Armand has a beautiful lightshow nowadays. You first go down with an electric train, then starting in top of the cave. A beautiful path with lights take you down.

You can walk via the paths and little bridges through the whole cave. It's a guided tour with audiovisual effects and history facts.


Beautiful cave









Photos of Castelbouc