The castles of the Loire: Montsoreau, Saumur, Brézé

A tour of the most beautiful castles of the Loire: Montsoreau and Saumur, Brézé. A weekend tour to perform in car

Access train: stations of Saumur or station of Port-Boulet

Free parking in the three castles

Access for people with reduced mobility.

Interest: notegreat (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 6 h.

The castle of Montsoreau, the castle of the Loire by excellence

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The castle of Montsoreau, the castle of the Loire by excellence
Only the Loire Castle built in the bed of the River, the castle of Montsoreau was built in 1453 by Jean II de Chambes, Advisor private King Charles VII. It is the first castle renaissance of France. At the time of its construction, the Loire flowed all around the Castle (at the location of the current gardens). It is built in a strategic location at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienna and at the crossroads of three regions: the Anjou, Touraine and Poitou. It is located in the Loire, world heritage of Unesco and in the village of Montsoreau, one of the most beautiful villages of France. This is our favorite of this walk.

Museum of contemporary art

Museum of contemporary art
Montsoreau Castle houses a Museum of contemporary art with a unique collection in the world (Philippe Méaille collection). The collection consists of works of the collective Art & Language. The contribution of this group in the history of art is important because its artists have been at the origin of conceptual Art.

The castle of Montsoreau

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The castle of Montsoreau
The Museum's collection is composed of paintings, drawings, videos, installations... It unfolds on both floors of the Museum (the third is devoted to temporary exhibitions).

Montsoreau Castle, world heritage of Unesco

Montsoreau Castle, world heritage of Unesco
The view from the terraces of the Castle, 35 meters high, is breathtaking. You can see the castle of saumur, the Troglodyte dwellings, the vineyards on the slopes of Montsoreau and the confluence of her come and the Loire.

The castle of Brézé, the underground

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The castle of Brézé, the underground
Built between the 11th and 19th centuries in the heart of a vineyard with an area of several dozen hectares, the castle of Brézé belonged to the powerful family of Dreux-Brézé for centuries, recaptured in hand, by marriage, by the family of Colbert. descendant of the Minister of Louis XIV.

A castle under a castle

A castle under a castle
The cavities of the castle of Brézé testify to a rich history going back at least in the middle of the fifteenth century, during which the castle was fortified. It was indeed the object of many programs of construction and modification of its architecture. In addition to the underground, the dry moat are impressive due to their size and their depth, placing them among the deepest in Europe.

moat, presses, bakeries

moat, presses, bakeries
During the visit we discover the most important of bakeries underground known in France, with its impressive fireplace whose the coat extends substantially. The course of the moat to see three presses of the sixteenth century.

The castle of Saumur, the royal

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The castle of Saumur, the royal
Possession of the counts of Anjou then the Plantagenets, he turned into a Royal fortress at the beginning of the 13th century at the time of the King saint Louis.

The very rich hours of the Duke of Berry

The very rich hours of the Duke of Berry
During the second half of the fourteenth century, the Duke Louis Ier Anjou (brother of King Charles V) turns it into sumptuous Castle-Palace. The miniature representative in the famous "very rich hours of the Duke of Berry" gives us an accurate picture.

The castle of King René

The castle of King René
King René, last Duke of Anjou, lives there from time to time. After his death in 1480 the Castle returned to the royal domain.

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