A little stroll in the medieval city of Yèvre-la-Ville

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Here's a fine little medieval city, located on a promontory overlooking the Rimarde valley: if you visit it off-season as I did it, it's really pleasant. In the shade of the impressive fortress, the small flowered streets are charming! As you follow the path, you'll come across a well, an old gate, and bang: you are catapulted in the past of Yèvre-le-Châtel...

This powerful fortress was for centuries the most important royal stronghold in Loiret. The first lord of Yèvre was Arnoul, nephew of bishop of Orléans: he raised a first castle in 1000. Later, in 1204, Amaury de Montfort, constable of France, built the current castle and gave it to his heirs. The fortress is a 30 metres long lozenge, with 4 towers in angles. Round towers is 10 metres in diameter, curtains is 3 metres thick and 15 metres high. The castle's dwelling is a vast house leant against the western curtain.