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Castle of chateaudun

Castle of chateaudun
Castle of chateaudun
Place Jean Dunois
28200 Châteaudun

Loire Valley

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History :
Considered as the first of the castles of the Loire, the Chateau de Chateaudun owes his fame partly to John Dunois (of the House of Orleans), a companion of Joan of Arc, who transformed it into a residence in the middle of the 15th century. This impressive house was built on a rocky outcrop in the Eure-et-Loir, in the late 12th century when Theobald V, Count of Blois built the tower rising to 21 meters. Others parts were built between the 15th and 16th century.
The wing Longueville, whose distribution is similar to the wing Dunois, has a Renaissance type in which you can see a large ceremonial room of 10 meters wide and 30 meters long; each end has a carved monumental fireplace.

Architecture :
The Sainte-Chapelle, built in 3 stages, has three levels. The lower chapel representing the main sanctuary is home to more than a dozen life-size polychrome statues of saints, a Virgin and Child from the 15th century and a statue of Dunois and a beautiful fresco. The upper chapel where one can admire a barrel vault and its wood frame gives access to the dungeon, and the third oldest part of the building. It has an impressive size (31 meters high and 17 meters wide) as well as thicks walls (4 meters). Outside and at the foot of the colossus, settled the medieval gardens bringing together 150 varieties of plants classified according to their uses.
The wing Dunois, named after its sponsor, has five levels: the ground floor and first floor with rooms called 'noble', the two basement rooms housing the water, kitchens and the dungeons. The attic were for the servants. High of sixty meters, this wing is very simple, very refined, with here and there some Gothic ornaments. Let us not forget also the court and the grand staircase of type 'grand vis' (first attempt to integrate decor inspired by the Italian Quattrocento in a French style). This part of the house was modified in the 17th century with a hall of justice and prisons in the basement.

Some additional features :
The fact that this castle was built and modified over several centuries, gives it a interesting stylistic diversity which does not affect the homogeneity of its appearance.
The walls, with one side overlooking the Loire, also have their share of interest, all of which are perched about sixty meters. A real eagle's nest with a view over the valley!

Practical Information :
This marvel of France's history, its many tapestries, culinary discoveries, are to be visited throughout the year. The only closing days are May 1st, Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st.

Nearest hotels - Castle of chateaudun :

hotel citotel hotel saint michel (Distance < 1 km)
rooms ranging from: 42.00 Euros
Info: Situated in Châteaudun, 300 metres from the castle, this hotel features free Wi-Fi internet access and en suite rooms with a patio. The Natural History Museum is only 100 metres away.

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hotel hôtel saint louis (Distance < 1 km)
rooms ranging from: 37.00 Euros
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hotel ibis budget chateaudun (Distance < 3 km)
Info: Etap Hotel Chateaudun located at the entrance to the historical town of Chateaudun. It offers free Wi-Fi internet access and free private parking.

The Etap Chateaudun offers affordable guestrooms that are perfect for a stopover in the......
hotel hôtel entre beauce et perche (Distance < 4 km)
rooms ranging from: 70.00 Euros
Info: Located just outside the historic Châteaudun city in the heart of France, the Hôtel Entre Beauce offers stylish accommodation. There is also a terrace overlooking the garden.

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hotel domaine de moresville (Distance < 11 km)
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