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Castles and monuments


Neighbours to their Loire “cousins”, the Loir châteaux are certainly worth getting to know better.

Built or modified between the end of the Middle Ages and the 18th century, they formed the setting for numerous events.

They were designed in a setting of parks and gardens which have nothing to envy their more famous counterparts. In the Loir Valley, the majority of châteaux and fine residences are inhabited. Better still: you can sometimes stay in them, in “chambres d'hôtes”, or stop by a gastronomic experience.

All around Vendôme, going back even further in time, you will discover the ruins of fortresses that defended towns in the early Middle Ages: Fréteval, Vendôme, Montoire, Lavardin.

And also La Possonnière Manor House where the “prince of poets”, Pierre de Ronsard, was born in a wing that is no longer standing. Almost all the present-day manor house dates from the 1480’s, its decoration and “new” windows from 1515. The ensemble is very typical of the Renaissance: magnificent fireplaces with the Ronsard coat of arms inside, cellars with sculpted entrances dug into the hillside, at the foot of the famous forest of Gâtines.

That discovery is a romantic experience!


Churches and mural paintings

Churches & mural paintings