Château du Rivau Joël Damase - CRT Centre-Val de Loire Joël Damase - CRT Centre-Val de Loire Joël Damase - CRT Centre-Val de Loire Château du Rivau Patricia Laigneau
Château du Rivau
Château du Rivau
Château du Rivau

The stables have always played an important role at the Château du Rivau, since it is here that the war horses were broken in for the kings of France. In addition, in 1429, Joan of Arc came here looking for war horses for the battle of Orléans. In the sixteenth century, Gabriel de Beauvau had enormous stables built in an innovative style, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. For the first time, the stables were valued for more than their utilitarian function and became a venue of grandeur. They were able to shelter up to thirty horses on the ground level, while the first floor accommodated the grooms and served as storage. The two wings of Le Rivau’s Renaissance stables form the oldest stables in France, and retain their original troughs and barrel vaults. Amongst these original features, the current owners have devised seven audiovisual stories to take you back to the equestrian past of Château du Rivau. The projections depict the equestrian art of days gone by and legendary horses, as well as the rituals of knighthood. The epic of Joan of Arc is depicted with the help of sumptuous moving frescoes with accompanying audio, based on illuminations and iconography.

 

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