Le Richelais
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Champigny-sur-Veude

 

CHINON

Chinon is built on the right bank of La Vienne, it kept a medieval character with its many old houses. The Castle of Chinon is an exceptional medieval fortress (approximately 500m of length on 100m width) which overhangs La Vienne. It is standing on a steep buttress on three sides. It is the successive work of the Counts of Blois, Anjou and Kings of France.


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LEMERE

The castle of Rivau and its fairy tale gardens.
The fortress-castle and common from the Renaissance period were built by the prestigious Beauvau family, and constitute a unique 15th and 16th C architectural whole. Visited by Jeanne d' Arc, immortalized by Rabelais, the site has always fascinated.

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USSE

This castle was built on the site of a medieval fortress by Jean de Bueil in the second half of the XV th C. It illustrates the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The northern wing was destroyed in order to provide an opening towards the Indre and the Loire. Jean de Bueil sold it in 1485 to Jean d' Espinay, Chamberlain of the Kings Louis XI and Charles VIII.
It was used as a model by Charles Perrault for the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

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LANGEAIS

The castle was built by Louis XI from 1465 on, under the supervision of Jean Bourré who became Governor of it. This castle was intended to protect Tours on the western side, hence its character of fortress with a particularly long watch patrol way. The inner frontage is less austere as it translates the first results of the Renaissance. The wedding party of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany was celebrated there in 1491.

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AZAY-le-RIDEAU

At this place, there was a feudal fortress wich was destroyed by the Crown prince, future king Charles VII) in 1418. The castle was built between 1518 and 1529 by Gilles Berthelot, Treasurer of François Ist. His wife directed the works. It is in fact an unfinished castle, two other wings would had to complete the existing ones in order to form a quadrilateral. It is probably the most charming castle of the Loire Valley.

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VILLANDRY

The castle of Villandry was built from 1532 on by Jean le Breton, Secrétary of François Ist. It is the last Renaissance castle built in the Loire Valley. It is embellished by gardens forming a mosaic of colors.
A square keep is the only remains of the initial feudal castle. During the Middle Ages, Villandry was called Colombiers. At the end of the XII C, Henri II Plantagenet and Philippe-Auguste signed a peace treaty. Henri II was to die a few days later in Chinon.


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FONTEVRAUD

Founded in 1101, Fontevraud was one of the vastest monastic cities of the Occident. Plantagenêt family members were buried there and four daughters of Louis XV were brought up there. The majestic domes of the abbey church and surprising dimensions of its famous kitchens testify of its power.

 

SAUMUR

The castle was built on the site of an old feudal fortress of which it keeps the looks with its four corner towers. The building of the XIV th C. (shown in the illustrated calendar "The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry) was altered by the King of Naples, Rene of Anjou during the XV th C. In the XVI th C the north-western wing was destroyed to give view on the Loire.

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