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Loire. The Land of Castles

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Saumur, Château

Henry II. 1154


The Château of Samur

was built in the 10th century, in the French town of the same name,
on the instructions of Thibault le Tricheur, first count of Blois, one of the main towns south of Paris. In the 11th century, the counts of Blois and Anjou entered into hostilities, with the result that the castle, built primarily as a fortress to defend against the Normans, was seized by the count of Anjou. This is by no means the only story in which the Castle of Saumur,
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which has always stood on the banks of the Loire, plays a leading role. It has witnessed numerous events... Ah, if only its walls could speak! One of these anecdotes recounts that it was my grandfather, Fulk V, who organised, after a series of political calculations and reflections, the marriage of his son, my father Geoffrey, with the Empress Matilda,

my mother and daughter of King Henry I of England. This would lead to my being crowned, over the years, king and also count of Anjou, making the castle my home. If grandfather could have seen his dreams come true! The outline of this majestic building, built entirely of white stone, can be seen from afar. As you get closer, you can see the slate towers,

which convey a sense of power and mystery, but at the same time a sense of romance, like the setting for a magical fairy tale.
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Saumur, Château

Henry II. 1154

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Louis XIII. 1630

Brissac-Quincé, Château

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