Castle of langeais
Located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, Langeais castle was erected in the late 10th century by Foulque Nerra. It is a medieval fortress overlooking the Loire Valley. Classified as a historic monument in 1922, the castle of Langeais is part of the Loire Valley.
Chateau de Langeais, place of stories
The powerful Foulque Nerra in the Middle Age is the Count of Anjou. Its territorial expansionist tendencies opposed him to his neighbor Eudes I, Count of Blois. To achieve its objectives, he built two defense projects to become the fortress castle of Langeais. There are only remains to remaind this period.
Often taken during wars, the Château de Langeais belonged in 1044 to the Plantagenets, including Richard the Lion heart who extended the castle before it passes under the thumb of the English. The victory of Philip Augustus on John Lackland ended the local feudal power and British domination. The castle of Langeais then becomes royal domain then reverted to various lords close to the Court.
During the Hundred Years War, the castle is destroyed. Charles VII recovers possession of the premises in 1422. In the late 15th century, the castle was rebuilt under Louis XI, who wanted to fortify the territory under pressure from the Public Welfare League, a coalition against the king. The construction lasted until 1467 and had beeb stopped by the end of the threat of the League, the danger then coming from the Duke of Burgundy.
It is at that time a typical example of medieval architecture with high roofs, the drawbridge, the battlements or walkway. It is really a linchpin between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It hosted the union of Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII, which joined Britain to the Kingdom of France.
Langeais, a medieval castle under your eyes
Abandoned during the French Revolution, the Château de Langeais had then several owners. Two of them worked on its restoration. Christophe Baron initiated this effort but his descendant sold it to pay his debts. The banker Jacques Siegfried Mulhouse reinvested the place to make it a symbol of the life of the nobility in the Middle Ages. In 1904, Siegfried offered the castle and the collection to the Institute of France, the current owner.
Langeais Castle now includes a dozen rooms where the furniture and decorations refer to life in the medieval time. The Hall of Worthies spreads for example a unique collection of tapestries from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The visit offers a walk on the walkway where battlements were erected. The preserved drawbridge works for your pleasure. The medieval site of Foulque Nerra values perfectly and highlights the expertise of the time.
Finally the view of the Loire given by the gazebo and tree house in an ancient cedar ends a cultural, magical and intoxicating visit that suits joung and old alike.
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