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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

Turquant, the arts and crafts village

A small place of great character, firmly set on the Loire, Turquant is situated between Saumur and Montsoreau. This charming village is distinguished by its pommes tapées (dried, compressed apples), one of Turquant’s discoveries, the tasting of which is a must - and even more so in the hillside troglodytes which have been remarkably well preserved. To ensure the protection and enhancement of this exceptional heritage, a unique project for the creation of an arts and crafts village has seen the light. Leaf gilders, jewellery creators, and leather craftsmen display all of their know-how based on the art of fire and stone. Also be sure to visit the Arts and Crafts Centre - a place where significant value is placed on local know-how.
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