Castle of the Loire Valley

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The keep Raised by the count of Anjou Foulques Nerra in 1030 on a feudal clod, it took 10 years to built this giant keep (37 m. high)! Because Foulques the ardent was a super conqueror: he wanted to...

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The atmosphere which reigns here in the Martelet is pretty oppressive, perfectly sinister! Do you hear the prisoners’ sighs, their screams, their endless tortures?...The crumbled giant We find cells...

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Crusaders, wedding… and a Maid! Crusades Gien was mentioned for the first time in 760. But the construction of a stronghold by king Charlemagne dates back to the end of the 8th century. A castle...

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Next to the oratory is Anne’s study. A room who was transformed into a jail, during the French Revolution. Hey, look at those chairs: those are Louis XVI’s chairs made of beech wood, with a...

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A Breton, a widow, a site Brave and wise! Villesavin's first lord, in 1315, was the count of Blois Guy de Châtillon. But the most important chap was Jean Le Breton, who owned the land in 1526. This...

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On September 9th September 1585, Suzanne de La Porte and François du Plessis welcomed their new born in the Richeloc castle: Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu was born!... the future cardinal...

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King Gontran and his squire fell asleep near a stream. The squire saw in his dream a little lizard came out from the king's mouth. The animal started to run to the hillside and came back with golden...

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The first lord of Pressigny was Guillaume, mentioned in the 13th century. He put up the Old castle in 1213. You can still see some remnants of this castle: a keep, the octagonal tower, the drawbrige...

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The Lion’s treasure Fell to the counts of Anjou in the 12th century, the future king of England Henri Plantagenet (count Geoffroy V's son) owned several fiefs thanks to his wedding with Eleanor of...

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The count’s better half Among the first lords of Chinon, we have the powerful counts of Blois, with for instance one of them, Thibault le Tricheur. It happened this following story to his daughter...


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