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Historic sites and monuments

Things to see and do - Historic sites and monuments

Historic sites and monuments - Château des Essards

LES ESSARDS Church XIIth-XVth siècle. The Roumer Valley, the Ancient Oak of La Ronde.

CHÂTEAU DE L'ISLETTE – 16th Century Castle where sculptors Camille Claudel and Rodin were often guests in the 19th Century. Open to the public in July and August.

LANGEAIS Century Fortress (Xth-XVth) in the middle of the town. .
A real gem !

AZAY LE RIDEAU 16th Century Renaissance Castle, surrounded by the waters of the river Indre.
Open to the public all year round; night-time visits and shows in July and August.

AZAY LE RIDEAU Gardens of the Château de LA CHATONNIERE.

VILLANDRY World-famous Renaissance Castle and Gardens.

RIGNY-USSE Château d’Ussé (XVth-XVIth) « the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s “Sleeping Beauty” ».

SACHE BALZAC Museum, housed in the novelist’s former home.

LUYNES XIIth-XVth Century Castle, which has remained in the ALBERT de LUYNES family since the early 17th Century.

GIZEUX XIVth-XVIIth Century Castle, belonging to the CONTADES family since 1786. Open-air shows in the summer.

CHAMPCHEVRIERXVIth-XVIIIthCentury Castle, in the same family since 1728.

Abbaye de FONTEVRAUD the largest monastic centre in Europe, dating from the Middle Ages.

CHINON XVth-XVIthCentury, the largest Fortress in France; historic town centre.

CHINON – SEUILLY “La Devinière”, birthplace of Rabelais.

CANDES ST-MARTIN Picturesque village and collegiate, situated at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne rivers.

MONTSOREAU XVth Century Castle on the banks of the river Loire.

SAUMURCastle, Museum, XVIIIthCentury Military School and the famous equestrian centre and horse riding school, “Le Cadre Noir de Saumur”.

ROCHEMENIER troglodyte village.

TOURS Cathedral, historic town centre around the de la Place Plumereau, Trade Guild and Journeyman Museum, Fine Arts Museum (former Archbishop’s Palace), “Le Manach” Silk Factory.

CHATEAU DES ESSARDS (Proximité de Langeais) Route de St Michel 37130 LES ESSARDS - Tel-Fax + 33(0)2 47 96 94 60