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CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC
CHATEAU DE BRISSAC

Seen from the vast lawns of the Romantic-style parkland, the façades of the Château de Brissac are a striking sight. The huge towers and fortified bases, vestiges of the feudal period, enclose a classical building to form an asymmetric yet elegant monumental façade which faces the rising sun. Brissac tells the story of a family which never left its native land of Anjou. Since the time of René de Cossé, the first lord of the castle in the early 16C, more than 20 generations have succeeded one another, taking pride in protecting and embellishing the château, adding to its collections and maintaining its decor. The castle is now the residence of the 13th Duke of Brissac.

ESSENTIALS

The Romantic parkland

This park, which took its inspiration from the Romantic period, offers visitors numerous walks from which they can admire the castle. The poetically named walks (the mausoleum avenue, Jeanne Say's waterfall, the gardener's house, five-hundred-year-old vineyard etc) evoke the memory of the men and women who have loved this site over the centuries.

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The estate wines

The castle's vineyards, true to the wine-making traditions of the Angevin region, produce a light Rosé d'Anjou wine which is full of flavor. The wine can be tasted in the cellars, and allows visitors to the castle to take home a convivial souvenir of their stay in the Loire Valley. A charming village, nestled in the hillside, and dominated by Saint Vincent church (dedicated to the patron saint of wine producers), Brissac offers a tranquil atmosphere with its old narrow streets, vegetable gardens, and tufa-stone houses. The idyllic and winding descent along the main street leads to the entrance to the castle grounds, physically linking the history of the village with that of its castle, in a natural, almost protective way.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The underground canal

250m long, this ingenious work of civil engineering made it possible in times of flooding to divert the waters of the Aubance river, which crossed the castle grounds, in order to prevent the flowerbeds from flooding. Skilfully illuminated, the intact schist vault is reflected in the water of its slate canal.

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Opera House

What an amazing sight greets the visitor who pushes open the door and enters the theatre at Brissac! The result of the ambitious dreams of Jeanne Say -Marchioness of Brissac -this theatre dedicated to opera hosted an opera festival from 1890 to 1916, when artists and members of Paris'high society were entertained by the owner of the castle, herself a talented soprano.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Trélazé, slate capital

 

The city of blue gold welcomes its visitors with open arms! Explore the city’s industrial heritage and unique landscapes which are the result of slate quarrying in the region. Slate was first quarried here in the 15C and the industry continues today, producing a small quantity of slate which enjoys a worldwide reputation. Trélazé is home to typical and yet unusual landscapes of quarries, pit-head frames, mounds and workers’ houses – scenery which is natural, wild and man-made all at the same time and which can be explored on bike by following the “La Loire à Vélo” cycle route. This welcoming city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can discover the Musée de l'Ardoise (Slate Museum) which provides information on 800 years of techniques of schist quarrying, explore the slate quarries themselves, and take a relaxing stroll through the Parc du Vissoir. Don’t miss the Estival festival with its many shows and concerts, including classical, jazz and French popular music, world music and comedy.


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