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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

Château of Lude

At the meeting point of Anjou, Maine and Touraine, Lude is among the great châteaux of the Loire. The original fortress was built on the banks of the Loire from the 10th to the 15th century. At the end of the 15th century, it was transformed into an elegant country mansion, and the embellishment of the site continued. During this time period, the château hosted a number of illustrious guests: Henri IV, Louis XIII... having been in the same family for 250 years, Lude is a lively, inhabited château. The wealth and diversity of the different styles characterising this château are also to be found in its interior decorations and furnishing. Today’s owners have continued the tradition of restoration work and embellishment, in particular by creating new gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the landscape architect Edouard André had already made plans for a French-style garden along the Loire, as well as a vast kitchen garden. A more recent creation is the "Eperon garden" with a very regular pattern. It contains namely a rose garden devoted to Chinese roses, tea, and tea hybrids. 2008 saw the opening of a botanical tour for visitors.
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