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Loire. The Land of Castles
Charles VIII of France 1492
Countless historical events took place
in Langeais Castle.
The beginnings of this extravagant Gothic building date back to 992, when Fulk Nerra was Count of Anjou. The strong rivalry between the counts of Anjou and Blois led to the construction of a stone keep, which would become one of the oldest still standing. The castle consists of two separate buildings: one facing the city, austere, and the other,
on the side of the courtyard, delicately refined. Fortunately, not only warlike events took place in this mighty structure; in one of the castle's great halls, on the morning of 6 December 1491, a very romantic event took place. In the presence of a very small group of people, I, Charles VIII, King of France, married Anne of Brittany.
This event was historically significant for both of us as it represented the unification of Brittany and France. The architecture of the castle also reflected the changes that had taken place over the years. It went from being a fortress that witnessed multiple war attacks to a royal residence. The impeccable façade,
elaborate windows and majestic gardens were the features that turned it into the romantic place where my wife and I made our love official, which was genuine, unlike other marriages made only for the crown...
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