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Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur

The Château of Saumur is located in the Pays de la Loire region, on the historic Kings’ Valley Route. Since its construction at the end of the 11th century, the Château of Saumur has been a fortress, a manor house, a residence for the town governors, a prison, and even an arms and ammunitions depot. The château, overlooking the town and the majestic Loire, was bought from the state in 1906 by the town of Saumur which, after having restored part of it, used it to set up the town’s museum.

ESSENTIALS

Once upon a time…

With its high octagonal towers, mullion windows, gables, and fleur-de-lys-embellished battlements, the Château of Saumur irresistibly brings a fairy-tale castle to mind. Its elegant silhouette reflects in the Loire below, the river it has dominated for the last ten centuries

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Remarkable collections

Magnificent art collections, in particular the decorative arts of the 14th to 18th centuries, ceramics, and equestrian objects have been brought together within the walls of the Chacirc;teau of Saumur - the most beautiful treasures of their kind...

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COUPS DE COEUR

The mushroom farm of Saut au Loup

Between Saumur and Chinon, Saut au Loup is a hillside site overlooking the Loire. From the Middle Ages to the late 19th century, a tufa-extraction mine was in full production for the building of churches and châteaux of the region. Kilometres of galleries were thus dug out, forming at the same time a number of troglodyte dwellings which today are used for the restaurant. Then at the end of the 19th century, as tufa extraction came to a halt, the vast dug out galleries were turned into mushroom farms, reputed in particular for the growing of the ‘Paris’ and ‘galipette’ mushrooms (served as specialities in the restaurant)… Mushrooms to taste on site, stuffed, or to buy (fresh or ready prepared).
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